Taiwan reports 12 imported dengue fever cases in 2024
Stay informed about the recent dengue fever cases in Taiwan brought in from countries like Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Learn how to protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses while traveling abroad and upon return.
Dengue spreads like needle-shared diseases: study
A pivotal study reveals that dengue fever can rapidly spread through a transmission method similar to needle-sharing in infectious diseases like HBV, HCB, and HIV. The study, conducted by Taiwan’s National Health Research Institutes in collaboration with the Department of Health and Kaohsiung City Government, analyzed the timing of infections during the 2015 outbreak. They found that in 85% of household cases, symptoms occurred within three days of each other, contradicting the previously believed incubation period for virus transmission. Using animal models, researchers confirmed that when mosquitoes bite an infected animal and then promptly bite another, the virus can transfer via the mosquito’s proboscis, bypassing the once-considered essential eight-day extrinsic incubation period. This finding explains the rapid spread of the 2015 dengue epidemic in Taiwan and raises concerns for the recent spike in cases. The study, published in the esteemed journal eBiomedicine, a Lancet subsidiary, in August 2023, also involved international researchers from the University of California, Nagoya University, Tsinghua University, and National Taiwan University.
Tainan and Kaohsiung report rising dengue fever cases
The dengue fever outbreak in Taiwan continues to surge, with Tainan reporting 40 new local cases on Sunday (Nov. 19), pushing the total to 26,160. Kaohsiung added 51 cases on the same day, raising its cumulative count to 2,054. However, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicated a decreasing trend in 10 dengue fever hotspots in Tainan. The Tainan Dengue Fever Prevention and Control Center reminded people that the development time of mosquito larvae increases in temperatures below 20 degrees Celsius, but their growth and activity are only inhibited in conditions under 16 degrees. As temperatures drop, disease-carrying mosquitoes may seek shelter indoors.
Five more domestic deaths from dengue fever reported
The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported five more domestic deaths from dengue fever in Tainan and Yunlin. The deceased were males aged between 60 to over 80 with underlying conditions. Health authorities have implemented preventive measures in affected areas. Last week, there were 2,527 new local cases, including 19 severe cases.
Five new dengue fever deaths reported in Tainan
The Taiwan CDC reports five new dengue fever-related deaths in Tainan, including a woman in her twenties, the youngest case this year. The fatalities had underlying health conditions and died within 10 days of falling ill. The age range of dengue fever fatalities has expanded from the twenties to the eighties, all with underlying conditions.
Taiwan reports 4,338 dengue fever cases and 3 fatalities
Taiwan CDC announced on Sept. 5 a total of 4,338 local dengue cases this year as of Sept. 4, and confirmed 3 dengue-fever-related deaths last week.
Taiwan battles dengue outbreak amid higher temperatures
Taiwan faces a concerning spike in dengue fever cases, with Tainan bearing the brunt of over 80% of the 1,579 cases reported this year. As the nation grapples with rising temperatures and typhoon season, authorities intensify efforts to curb the disease’s spread. Learn about the factors driving the outbreak and essential prevention measures.
High temperatures fuel dengue fever outbreak in Taiwan
Taiwan health authorities have warned the public to take preventative measures against dengue fever, as nearly 300 cases have been reported nationwide this year, including the first domestic case reported in Tainan in June.
Tainan City reports first domestic dengue case since 2019
Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on Tuesday (June 14) the first domestic dengue case of the year in Rende District, Tainan City, marking the city’s initial occurrence of dengue since 2019. So far this year, there have been 1 domestic case and 45 cases related to travel.