Taiwan health authorities warn over dengue outbreak


Taipei (dpa) – Taiwan health officials asked residents Friday to take measures against the spread of dengue fever as the mosquito-borne virus infected record numbers of people on the island and caused dozens of deaths.

Since the outbreak began in May, Taiwan has reported 22,180 cases of dengue fever, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said, some 6,600 more cases than for the whole of 2014.

As of Thursday, 89 people had died and 57 patients remained in intensive care, the state-run Central News Agency reported.

All the cases of dengue fever were reported in southern Taiwan, with the vast majority in Tainan City, with 18,665 cases.

Health officials warned that the peak time for the disease was yet to come in November.

As Taiwan starts a long weekend, health officials urged residents to empty open containers to remove possible breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito responsible for spreading the disease.