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Kaohsiung takes precautions against dengue fever as new cases emerge

Kaohsiung takes precautions against dengue fever as new cases emerge

Kaohsiung, May 20 (CNA) Kaohsiung City health officials on Wednesday erected a warning sign in a market, after five cases of dengue fever were reported at that location and officials disinfected the area and its environs the previous day. Three of the five infected people live near Yongxing Market in Nanzih District, which is located close to the Republic of China Naval Academy, while the other two usually work in the market, the officials said. They said one of the patients is a 70-year-old woman, and the other four are all under the age of 31. Local health officials disinfected the market and the surrounding area within 400 meters, then erected a sign at the entrance to the market to warn against dengue fever. A total of 108 indigenous cases of dengue fever have been reported in Taiwan since the start of the year, most of them in Kaohsiung, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said, citing figures valid as of May 18. CDC deputy head Chuang Jen-hsiang (???) forecast in March that dengue fever infections will peak in Taiwan from June to September, a period when the most imported cases are usually recorded. Chuang advised the public to take precautions against mosquito bites during summertime. Last year, Kaohsiung was hit by Taiwan's severest dengue fever outbreak since 2012, with over 2,000 cases reported. Dengue fever is an influenza-like viral disease spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes. The symptoms include high fever, skin rash, severe headache, and muscle and joint pains. In a small number of cases, the disease can develop into hemorrhagic dengue fever, which can be fatal. (By Wang Shwu-fen, Lee Hsin-Yin and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-28 08:36 GMT+08:00