Date
29 March 2017
Dengue fever, spread by the Aedes mosquito, has ravaged Tainan. Photos: now.com, internet
Dengue fever, spread by the Aedes mosquito, has ravaged Tainan. Photos: now.com, internet

Tourists shun Tainan as dengue fever spreads rapidly

The dengue fever outbreak in Taiwan is spreading with explosive speed.

Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control revealed Monday that 5,948 people have diagnosed with dengue fever, am730 reported.

Tainan city, in southern Taiwan, has been hit hardest.

It alone has 5,247 confirmed dengue fever cases, 88 percent of all the cases on the island.

Tourists have cancelled their bookings for Tainan in droves, the report said, citing Taiwanese media.

Lee Chuan-chiao, speaker of the Tainan Council, said some tours from mainland China have been cancelled.

Xu Xinjuan, a representative of the city’s hotel industry, said the occupancy rate has slumped as much as 30 percent in recent days.

At the green tunnel of mangroves in Sihchao, part of Taijiang National Park, one of Tainan’s scenic spots, visitors usually number up to 5,000 on weekends and holidays.

But that figure fell by more than 2,000 on Sunday.

Half the tours had cancelled their bookings in advance.

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