The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced Wednesday that two new cases of dengue fever have been confirmed in the Taipei area.
With the addition of these two new cases, the total number of cases confirmed in Taiwan since the beginning of July has reached twelve. Eleven of these cases have been in and around Taipei.
The two new cases involved two different types of the dengue virus. The source of infection in one case is still unclear, as it was reported in Taipei’s Neihu district, where no dengue fever had yet been reported this year.
The CDC has responded to the ongoing outbreak by setting up a working group. Included in the group are twenty experts from around Taiwan with experience preventing dengue fever.
Usually not fatal, dengue fever outbreaks are common in Taiwan in the summer months, especially in the tropical south of the island.