Domestic dengue fever cases breaks 1,000

The China Post news staff

The number of domestic dengue fever cases has surpassed 1,000, half of which come from Koahsiung City, propelling the dreaded fever into regional epidemic territory, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announcement yesterday.

From August to date, there have been 1031 cases of dengue fever reported, with 589 victims residing in the Kaohsiung City area, the CDC said. Last week alone saw 128 new cases of dengue fever mostly occurring in Kaohsiung and Tainan city, with Kaohsiung City’s Shanming District listed as the most disease-concentrated area, said Shih Wen-yi, CDC deputy director-general. According to current environmental laws, if garbage — plastic bottles or old tires — that is likely to abet the breeding of mosquitoes is discovered inside residential areas, said residents may be fined between NT$3,000 and NT$15,000. If such objects are found outdoors, the penalty is between NT$1,200 and NT$6,000.