Severe dengue fever outbreak in Taiwan

Sheng Fan Wang, Wen Hung Wang, Ko Chang, Yen Hsu Chen, Sung Pin Tseng, Chia Hung Yen, Deng Chyang Wu, Yi Ming Arthur Chen

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Abstract

Dengue fever (DF) is a vector-borne disease caused by dengue viruses (DENVs). Epidemic dengue occurs intermittently in Taiwan. In 2014, Taiwan experienced its largest DF outbreak. There were 15,732 DF cases reported. There were a total of 136 dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) cases, of which 20 resulted in death. Most DF cases were reported in southern Taiwan. A total of 15,043 (96%) cases were from Kaohsiung, a modern city in southern Taiwan. This report reviews DF epidemics in Taiwan during 2005-2014. The correlation between DF and DHF along with temperature and precipitation were conjointly examined. We conclude that most dengue epidemics in Taiwan resulted from imported DF cases. Results indicate three main factors that may have been associated with this DF outbreak in Kaohsiung: an underground pipeline explosion combined with subsequent rainfall and higher temperature. These factors may have enhanced mosquito breeding activity, facilitating DENV transmission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-197
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume94
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Severe Dengue
Dengue
Taiwan
Disease Outbreaks
Dengue Virus
Disease Vectors
Temperature
Explosions
Culicidae
Breeding

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  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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Wang, S. F., Wang, W. H., Chang, K., Chen, Y. H., Tseng, S. P., Yen, C. H., ... Chen, Y. M. A. (2016). Severe dengue fever outbreak in Taiwan. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 94(1), 193-197. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.15-0422

Severe dengue fever outbreak in Taiwan. / Wang, Sheng Fan; Wang, Wen Hung; Chang, Ko; Chen, Yen Hsu; Tseng, Sung Pin; Yen, Chia Hung; Wu, Deng Chyang; Chen, Yi Ming Arthur.

In: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol. 94, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 193-197.

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Wang, SF, Wang, WH, Chang, K, Chen, YH, Tseng, SP, Yen, CH, Wu, DC & Chen, YMA 2016, 'Severe dengue fever outbreak in Taiwan', American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 94, no. 1, pp. 193-197. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.15-0422
Wang SF, Wang WH, Chang K, Chen YH, Tseng SP, Yen CH et al. Severe dengue fever outbreak in Taiwan. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2016 Jan 1;94(1):193-197. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.15-0422
Wang, Sheng Fan ; Wang, Wen Hung ; Chang, Ko ; Chen, Yen Hsu ; Tseng, Sung Pin ; Yen, Chia Hung ; Wu, Deng Chyang ; Chen, Yi Ming Arthur. / Severe dengue fever outbreak in Taiwan. In: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2016 ; Vol. 94, No. 1. pp. 193-197.
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