The Tainan City Dengue Fever Prevention Center announced two more cases of domestic dengue fever infections on July 22. This brings the total to 14. The two new cases are from the same family and live in East District's Chongming Borough. Their activity area overlapped with the 12th case at East District's Barclay Memorial Park. Therefore, Tainan City Mayor Huang Wei-cher and his administrative team have decided to close the park for two weeks effective immediately due to public health and safety considerations.
Workers sterilize Tainan's Barclay Memorial Park after it was identified as a possible source of dengue fever infection. On the 22nd, the Tainan City Dengue Fever Prevention Center confirmed two new cases of dengue fever. The patients are father and daughter. Three of the other four members of their family are not showing any symptoms while the fourth is waiting for additional test results. As the activity area of the father and daughter overlapped with another patient at this park, the city has decided to close the park for the time being.
The 12th patient also visited the park. After the mayor found out about this, he said we should consider temporarily closing Barclay Memorial Park.
A 60-something resident of Cianjhen District's Xishan Borough in Kaohsiung, meanwhile, has also been diagnosed with dengue fever. While 40 of 44 cases in Kaohsiung have been dengue virus type 4, the man was just the fourth case of dengue virus type 2. The Kaohsiung City Government is worried about cross-infection and higher risk if both strains break out at the same time.
A total of 19,723 people were infected during the type 2 outbreak in 2015. There were 112 deaths. We could be seeing more this year in both the number and ratio of severe cases and deaths. All community water containers should be emptied within 48 hours of rain.
As it has been raining heavily across southern Taiwan in recent days, the government is reminding everyone to empty water containers to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.