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More new dengue cases found in Southern Taiwan
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-02-19 11:15 AM
During January 28 and February 10, 2014, five new indigenous cases of dengue fever and nine imported cases were confirmed in Taiwan, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Two of the new indigenous cases confirmed last week occurred in Pingtung County and three cases in Tainan City. Although the overall temperature in Taiwan has dropped, sporadic dengue is still active in southern Taiwan, indicating the risk of dengue transmission remains. Taiwan CDC continues to urge the public to keep clean environment and to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and dengue fever transmission.

According to the CDC, a total of 609 indigenous dengue cases have been confirmed in Taiwan between early 2013 and February 10, 2014. Among the indigenous cases, 484 cases have been confirmed in Pingtung County, 71 cases in Kaohsiung City, 41 cases in Tainan City, nine cases in Taipei City, and one case has been confirmed in New Taipei City, Taoyuan County, Taichung City and Chiayi County respectively. So far in 2014, a total of 15 imported dengue cases have been confirmed in Taiwan, including seven from Indonesia, three from Philippines, two from Singapore and Malaysia respectively, and one from Cambodia.

Taiwan CDC stresses that although the overall temperature has recently lowered, the temperature can bounce back and occasional rain may occur. Both warmer temperature and increased rainfall favor the growth of vector mosquitoes. Travelers planning to visit high risk areas are advised to take precautionary measures throughout the trip. Medical workers are advised to report any suspected cases to the health authorities immediately to prevent transmission of the disease.

For more information on dengue fever, please visit Taiwan CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov.tw or call the toll-free hotline 0800-001-922.

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