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CDC urges vigilance as dengue fever threat rises

CDC urges vigilance as dengue fever threat rises

Taipei, June 26 (CNA)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Friday urged the public to take precautions against dengue fever, as more cases of the mosquito-borne disease were confirmed recently.
Taiwan has reported 149 indigenous dengue fever cases this year as of June 22, about twice the number seen in the same period in 2014, according to the agency.
During the week of June 16-22, nine indigenous cases were confirmed, the CDC said.
As the number of such cases is on the rise, the outbreak could expand further in summer months, which are favorable for vector breeding, it said.
The threat from abroad is increasing as well, the CDC said, adding that Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Malaysia have recorded more cases this year than usual.
Officials remind people to keep their homes free of standing water and to take steps to avoid mosquito bites.
Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. The symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and skin rash. In a small proportion of cases, the disease can develop into hemorrhagic dengue fever, which can be fatal. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-23 01:42 GMT+08:00