Dengue fever in Taiwan may be decreasing

In the past week, there were 256 reported cases of dengue fever. At the peak of the epidemic, there were approximately 1,000 cases every week. Falling temperatures cause decreases in mosquito activities. Nevertheless, the vast majority of the new cases continue to be reported from Kaohsiung City. In addition, there were 3 new cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever. So far this year, there were 15,260 reported cases islandwide.

There is still a risk of exposure to dengue fever, and travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue fever do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Dengue Fever.

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