Thai Buddhist monk confirmed as imported case of dengue fever
Jul 31, 2018GeneralComments Off on Thai Buddhist monk confirmed as imported case of dengue fever
Taipei, A Buddhist monk from Thailand who recently arrived in Taiwan has been confirmed as an imported case of dengue fever, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the Tainan City Public Health Bureau.
The man had developed fever, dizziness and cold symptoms prior to entering Taiwan through Kaohsiung International Airport July 27, the health bureau said, adding that the quarantine station at the airport however failed to monitor any fever.
After entering the country, the monk boarded a vehicle that took him to Wuchu village in Tainan's Yongkang District, where he felt unwell, the health bureau said.
The monk was sent to a hospital Saturday with a fever and he was confirmed Monday to have been infected with dengue fever.
According to a press release from the Centers for Disease Control Tuesday, so far for this year, Taiwan has recorded six and 126 indigenous and imported dengue fever cases, respectively.
Comments Off on Taipei-Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau is promoting mountain tourism at the 4-day Taipei International Travel Fair that began Friday.
The bureau is focusing on five north-south mountain ranges — the Central Mountain, Xueshan, Yushan, Alishan and the Coastal Mountain ranges — in its pavilion at the fair, said bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Shi-chung (???).
Chang said there will be various exhibitions and forums on the mountains of Taiwan, as well as its unique cultural features such as historic trails and aboriginal lifestyles.
Taiwan is preparing to market 2020 as the Year of Mountain Tourism, after its efforts to position the country as an important international mountaineering destination in July, when the government allowed public access to the island’s national parks.
Previously, people who wanted to visit restricted “ecological protected areas” in Taiwan’s national parks had to apply for permits from both the National Police Agency and the Construction and Planning Agency.
Now, however, the Construction and Planning Agency has launched a new mountain permit application portal that requires mountain visitors to apply for only one permit and provides fast-track processing to expedite applications, the bureau said.
Much of Taiwan is covered by mountains, and it has 268 mountains of over 3,000 meters, according to the Tourism Bureau website.
That environment has made hiking and mountain climbing one of the favorite pastimes of Taiwan residents.
The number of permits issued to Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals for access to trails in Yushan, Taroko and Shei Pa national parks has risen from 153,736 in 2016 to 187,053 in 2017 and 201,526 in 2018, according to Construction and Planning Agency figures.
In 2018, foreign nationals accounted for 7.24 percent of the permits issued.
There will be around 1,700 booths from 60 countries at the fair, to be held Nov. 8-11 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
The fair, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, will feature South Korean and Japanese tourism operators amid growing local interest in travel to those countries.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel