TAIPEI (dpa) – Taiwan’s Centres for Disease Control (CDC) Tuesday raised the alarm level over an epidemic of dengue fever, which has caused seven deaths this year.
According to CDC, as of Tuesday, Taiwan has reported 7,439 cases of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral disease. Among them, there were 59 cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever, a potentially fatal complication, including seven deaths in the southern city of Kaohsiung.
CDC Director-General Steve Kuo said the number of cases of this year’s outbreak has broken Taiwan’s 2002 record, when more than 6,000 cases, including 19 deaths, were reported. Kuo said the trend of the recent outbreak remains worrying and the peak time would be around late November.
“At this moment, it’s indeed challenging for us to control the outbreak,” Kuo told a news conference. Kuo attributed the record-breaking outbreak to global warming and heavy rains.
Kuo said several measures had been taken to disinfect empty buildings and unoccupied apartments in the city to wipe out the breeding sites of the insect responsible for spreading the disease, the Aedes aegypti mosquito.