Epidemiology of Dengue Fever in Taiwan Area

1989 Vol.5 NO.6

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Taiwan Area being in the sub-tropical zone, has had several island-wide, including even Taipei City, epidemics of dengue fever since the 18th century. These outbreaks occurred at the same time of similar outbreaks in other Asian countries, and often started in the southern part of the island to spread to the north. For the last 40 years since 1942, however, no case had been reported. The disappearance of dengue fever during this period is considered to be related to the mass use of DDT for malaria eradication. Both Aedes aegypti and Anopheles may have been wiped out at the same time (Note 1, Table 1).