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Health > Infectious Diseases
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urged the public Sunday to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes when traveling to Southeast Asian countries, as outbreaks of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease, are also serious there.
 
Vaccination rate too low to prevent rabies outbreak
Government data shows that Taiwan's rabies vaccination coverage has dropped below 70 percent of the dog and cat population – the rate recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for outbreak prevention.
 
Dengue fever cases are surging in Southern Taiwan as the number of people infected reached a record high of 4,667, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 疾管局).
 
Tainan City said Thursday it will introduce 5,000 paper-based dengue NS1 antigen test kits for early diagnosis of dengue fever, which has raged the southern Taiwan city with 2,381 confirmed cases so far this year.
 
The Tainan City Government reported more than 2,000 dengue fever cases in the southern Taiwan city on Wednesday.
 
Sierra Leone's last known Ebola patient was released from hospital Monday, raising hopes the west African nation may finally have beaten the devastating epidemic.
 
Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) on Saturday led public health and environmental officials on a visit to residential and market areas, advising people on ways of preventing further spread of dengue fever in the city which has recorded 1,552 cases so far this year.
 
Last autumn, when Martin Meltzer calculated that 1.4 million people might contract Ebola in West Africa, the world paid attention.
 
An Ebola test vaccine provided blanket protection in a field trial in Guinea, researchers said Friday, possibly heralding "the beginning of the end" for the devastating West African outbreak that has killed thousands.
 
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urged the public Wednesday to take precautions against dengue fever, as the number of cases of the mosquito-borne disease is escalating quickly in Southern Taiwan.
 
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