Legislators urge inclusive HPV vaccine program in Taiwan
Lawmakers and health advocates in Taipei call for gender equality in cancer prevention policy, pushing for junior high school boys to be included in the public HPV vaccination program. Data shows higher rates of oral HPV infections and head and neck cancer in males. Taipei City has already allocated funds for HPV vaccinations for boys, with calls for nationwide implementation. Suggestions include using increased tobacco health surcharge revenue to fund vaccinations. Calls for equal opportunities in cancer prevention measures for all students and a focus on lowering cancer risks for children.
Taiwan High Speed Rail hits record 73 million riders in 2023
Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) achieved record-breaking success in 2021, transporting 73.08 million passengers and generating NT$49.8 billion in revenue. THSR aims to surpass NT$50 billion this year, attributing its growth to changes in commuting behavior post-pandemic and enhanced services like frequent ventilation for pandemic prevention. The surge in passenger willingness to use THSR has led to increased travel numbers, with a peak of 310,000 passengers in a single day during the Lunar New Year holiday. THSR serves various purposes, including commuting, business, homecoming, and tourism, with 4.02 million people utilizing the high-speed rail for tourism last year. Additional trains and service enhancements have been implemented to encourage passengers to travel during off-peak hours.
Tainan farm hit by H5N1 outbreak, over 10K chickens culled
An outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza in a farm in Tainan’s Jiali District led to the termination of over 10,000 chickens. The Animal Health Inspection and Protection Office in Tainan City swiftly responded to contain the spread, culminating in incineration, rendering, and thorough disinfection measures. Efforts are ongoing to monitor connected poultry farms and enhance preventive hygiene practices to prevent further transmission.
Tainan City confronts first dengue fever case of the year
Tainan City reports its first imported case of dengue fever from Indonesia, prompting preventative measures by the Tainan City Public Health Bureau. Learn about the symptoms and prevention of this mosquito-borne disease.
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.
KMT’s Hou vows strict sexual harassment prevention measures
Presidential candidate of the Kuomintang (KMT), Hou Yu-ih, pledges to enforce strict sexual harassment prevention measures and demands ＂zero tolerance＂ on financial and sexual misconduct among officials if elected. He criticizes the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for recent sexual scandals, mocking them as the ＂Peach Blossom Party.＂ Hou also emphasizes plans to empower women and reduce the burden of home care, proposing to increase the proportion of women in government and corporate decision-making to at least 30%. He highlights the need for expanded healthcare for women and children. In contrast, he points out that during DPP candidate Lai Ching-te’s tenure as Premier, women constituted only 20% of cabinet members, while former Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s ＂minority cabinet＂ had only a quarter of women. The 2024 presidential election will feature Hou, Lai, and Taiwan People’s Party’s (TPP) Ko, each having their policy presentation meetings. Each candidate had three turns to address their policies, with each speaking opportunity lasting for 10 minutes.
Taiwan boosts avian flu checks amid regional outbreaks
Taipei’s Acting Minister of Agriculture, Chen Junne-jih, announced the implementation of a specialized avian influenza prevention program in September, including increased testing frequency to monitor the disease. This comes in response to recent outbreaks in Japan and chicken farms in Yunlin County, raising concerns about egg price hikes and shortages. Chen warned that the situation may worsen with the expected drop in temperature next week. Taiwan has been conducting active and passive surveillance for avian influenza since September, focusing on high-risk areas near migratory bird paths and implementing biosecurity measures at poultry farms. Chen assured that the country’s egg production capability has recovered since the shortage earlier this year, with reserves of liquid eggs available for emergencies. Domestic egg reserves will be released first in the event of increased market demand, with the import of liquid eggs only considered if a severe outbreak leads to a supply shortage. Chen emphasized the importance of maintaining appropriate stock levels through the imported egg project to ensure a stable egg supply despite the challenges posed by avian influenza.
Premier Chen emphasizes cybersecurity amid rising attacks
Executive Yuan Premier Chen Chien-jen stresses the importance of robust cybersecurity measures and announces a new data protection committee during his visit to local banks amid increasing cyber attacks in Taiwan.
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.
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.
Food poisoning: 7 people tested positive for Salmonella
A food poisoning outbreak tied to a Vietnamese-French baguette market vendor at Zhongshan Market has affected 489 individuals. Salmonella contamination has been identified in seven cases. Taiwan’s FDA responds with an ＂International Cuisine Restaurant Inspection Project＂ to enhance vigilance. Learn about symptoms, risks, and prevention measures.
CWB: Typhoon Doksuri to approach Taiwan in coming week
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) reported on Friday (July 21) that the tropical depression in the region has intensified into mild Typhoon Doksuri. As a precautionary measure, the bureau advises residents to commence preparations for typhoon prevention measures over the weekend.
Taiwan people hesitant to take off face masks
Taiwan partially lifted its mask mandates on Thursday (Dec. 1), allowing the public to go mask-free while outdoors or in open areas.
Taiwan relaxes restrictions amid improved health situation
Taiwan further relaxed its epidemic-prevention measures on Nov. 7, including removing infrared cameras from some MRT stations.
Taiwan to open borders on Oct. 13, relax prevention measures
Taiwan is preparing to open its borders and relax its current epidemic-prevention measures after more than two years living in the pandemic.