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Health Bureau: Clear Standing Water to Prevent Dengue Fever

  • Date: 2018-12-13
  • Issued by: Health Bureau

Indigenous dengue fever cases soar in southern Taiwan. Also, there have been 19 confirmed dengue fever cases in Taichung City as of August 18, this year. Upon receipt of notification, the Health Bureau of Taichung City Government would complete investigation, clear the breeding sources of vector mosquitos and spray mosquito repellents quickly. No new cases have been reported up to now. Health Bureau urges people to clear any standing water indoor and/or outdoor. “It is the only way to eliminate the breeding sources of vector mosquitos and to prevent dengue fever,” said the Health Bureau.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare, there have been 1,564 dengue fever cases in Taiwan as of August 18, 2015. Among them, 1,412 are local cases and the other 152 are imported cases, with the majority happening in Tainan City, indicating a grim situation in southern Taiwan. In Taichung City alone, there have 19 confirmed cases, of which 15 are imported cases, including 8 from Indonesia, 3 from Malaysia, and 1 from Vietnam, the Philippines, Brazil and Singapore each. The other 4 cases are indigenous with the infection source from the northern part of Tainan City.

Health Bureau said that upon receipt of notification, it would complete investigation, clear the breeding sources of vector mosquitos and spray mosquito repellents quickly and that there have been no new cases reported up to now. Health Bureau reminds people to inspect and clear standing water from the breeding sources, such as tires, iron and aluminum cans, canvas, plastic buckets, containers for potted plants, and so on, especially after thunderstorms and heavy rain that have often occurred recently.

Health Bureau also calls on people to take precautionary measures when they go to southern Taiwan or the Southeast Asian countries. “Remember to wear light-colored long-sleeved shirts and long pants and apply to your exposed parts of the body the insect repellent sprays and lotions approved by Ministry of Health and Welfare. If you have symptoms of fever, headache, retro-orbital pain, joint and muscle pain, and skin rash, do seek medical advice as soon as possible. Please also take the initiative to tell your doctor your travel history. Meanwhile, the doctor must ask travel history, occupation, contact history, and cluster(TOCC) questions and inform the Health Bureau of any patient suspected of dengue fever symptoms at once. We must work together to detect dengue fever cases as early as possible so as to control its spread,” added the Health Bureau.

Xu Yong-nian (徐永年), Director-general of Health Bureau, says, “Prevention is better than cure. The only way to prevent dengue fever is to eliminate the breeding sources of vector mosquitos. Thus, people are urged to cultivate such good habits as ‘Inspect, Dump, Clean, and Brush’. Here, ‘Inspect’ means to look around the surroundings of your home; ‘Dump’ is to flip water out of containers; ‘Clean’ is to clear waste containers; and ‘Brush’ is to clean the interior of a container so as to kill the vector mosquitos completely.”

For more information, please visit the website of Health Bureau of Taichung City Government (http://www.health.taichung.gov.tw) and/or the website of Centers for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov.tw) or call the free National Immunization hotline 1922 (or 0800-001922).

  • Date : 2015-08-25
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