Dengue fever in Taiwan reaches danger levels

An outbreak of dengue fever in southern Taiwan has reached dangerous new levels, as the death toll has hit its highest level in 14 years.

The city of Tainan.

The city of Tainan. Image by Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap / CC BY 2.0

A total of 106 people have died since the 1st of May and the number of cases has exceeded 25,000. Most of the confirmed cases and deaths have been isolated in the cities of Tainan and Kaohsiung in the southern part of the island. Authorities have said they will step up efforts to control the outbreak, including anti-mosquito measures, and advised that cases would likely begin to lessen as temperatures drop going into the winter months. Read more: 

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