Fri, Oct 14, 2011 - Page 2 News List

Hau urges cooperation in preventing dengue fever

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff Reporter

Following the confirmation of 19 indigenous cases of dengue fever around the city, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday urged residents to cooperate with the city’s disinfection measures to combat the disease.

The city’s Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Health will expand its insecticide spraying campaign and use large sprayers today in the mountainous areas of the Yongfu (永福) and Yanshan (岩山) boroughs of Shilin District (士林) — the district with the most confirmed cases.

“We’ve already sprayed insecticides in four districts 24 times since last month and we urge Taipei residents to cooperate with our disinfection measures for their health interests,” Hau said at Taipei City Hall.

According to Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Wu Sheng-chung (吳盛忠), his department has dispatched staff to spray insecticide indoors and outdoors at 8,309 households in “hotspot areas” in Zhongzheng (中正), Da-an (大安), Wenshan (文山) and Shilin districts since the first indigenous case in the city was confirmed on Sept. 9.

Wu and Department of Health Commissioner Lin Chi-hung (林奇宏) said the city would also accept requests from residents in those hotspots to have department staff spray insecticides inside their homes.

The dengue fever outbreak in Taipei City has been the second-most serious outbreak since an epidemic in Shezi (社子) in 2008.

Lin said his department would check households and give fines ranging from NT$60,000 to NT$300,000 if they fail to follow its instructions.

Dengue fever is transmitted to humans by infected Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito) larvae, which mainly breed in containers holding stagnant water.

Lin reminded those who develop early symptoms of dengue fever — such as a fever, joint pain or skin rash — to immediately seek medical treatment.

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