Dengue fever is the fastest spread of mosquito-borne disease in the world. About 2.5 billion people in the world are threatened by dengue infection, and 18 million (70%) of those are from Asia-Pacific region, it is estimated that 50 million people infected with dengue virus annually.
In 2014 and 2015, dengue was epidemic in Taiwan and reported more than 40,000 of dengue infected cases, which was a record high in Taiwan and unfortunately resulted in 218 death tolls. To control the dengue epidemic and enhance the research capacity of vector borne diseases, with the support of the Executive Yuan and the Ministry of Health and Welfare, NHRI established the National Mosquito-Borne Diseases Control Research Center (NMDC) in Tainan and Kaohsiung in April of 2016. NMDC was designed to exercise its mandatory missions without official power. We play an active role as “think-tank and aids” to help the central and the local government-running epidemic control units. We timely provide them appreciate and useful knowledge concerning evidence-based epidemic prevention measures.