CDC warns of dengue fever risk following floods
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is cautioning the public about the risk of a dengue fever outbreak as new, locally acquired cases of the disease have been confirmed in Southern Taiwan over the past week after the area was hit by floods brought on by a tropical storm.
September 5, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Between Aug. 27 and Sept. 1, seven new indigenous cases and seven imported cases of dengue fever were confirmed, the CDC said in a statement.
Among the newly confirmed indigenous cases, three were reported in Taipei, three in Pingtung County and one in Kaohsiung City, it added.
As of Sept. 1, a total of 76 indigenous dengue cases and 177 imported cases have been confirmed this year, the CDC said.
Among the local cases, 69 have been confirmed in southern Pingtung County, five in Taipei and two in Kaohsiung.
The reason behind the growing number of confirmed cases in Southern Taiwan could be the result of torrential rains and floods brought on by Tropical Storm Kong-Rey last week, it noted.
The recent heavy rainfall has resulted in an increase in standing water and an increase in the mosquito density in these areas, thus vector mosquitoes are likely to become even more active, the CDC said.
The local health bureau has implemented various measures to prevent further spread of the disease.
The measures include investigating the mosquito density in and around the residences and places frequently visited of those confirmed cases' residences and places frequently visited by these cases, as well as conducting a thorough cleaning of vector breeding sites and spraying insecticide, it noted.
CDC once again urged the public to clean up vector-breeding sites in and around their homes and to take precautions against mosquitoes to prevent the further spread of the disease.
Tropical Storm Kong-Rey pounded Southern Taiwan last Thursday with torrential rain, triggering widespread flooding.
Many residents in Pingtung, Chiayi, Yunlin, Tainan and Kaohsiung have suffered from floods brought by Kong-Rey's heavy rains, and the nation's agricultural losses totaled around NT$100 million.