Review of Dengue Fever Epidemic in Tainan City, 2012

Chin-Sheng Chi, Chin-Hsien Wang, Cheng-Sheng Lin, Jen-Te Wang, Pi-Long Liu, Wan-Chin Cheng

2014 Vol.30 NO.4

Correspondence Author: Chin-Sheng Chi

  • Southern Regional Center, Centers for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare


       With global warming and frequent human activity, dengue fever (DF) has become a very important epidemic disease in Tainan City in recent years. The first confirmed indigenous  DF case occurred on April 28, 2012 in Tainan City. Due to the increasing rainfall after  summer and the infected case appeared earlier than previous years, both factors might induce many unfavorable influence on the DF control for Tainan City Government in 2012. With the cooperative effort of each government unit, the dengue epidemic declined gradually after reached the highest peak in the 38th week of 2012 and ended on February 20, 2013. The dengue epidemic had lasted for 43 weeks, 1,286 cases were reported, including 751 indigenous positive cases, 526 negative cases and 5 unknown cases.

       The purpose of this article is to review the epidemic of indigenous DF started from the summer of 2012 in Tainan and analyze the distribution of DF cases, effectiveness of notification, inspecting efficiency of “Mobile Task Force of Southern Regional Center of Taiwan CDC” and illustrates the control operations of central and local governments to provide suggestions for the future.