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Week after typhoon crucial to fighting dengue fever: CECC

Week after typhoon crucial to fighting dengue fever: CECC

Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) The seven days after Typhoon Dujuan barreled through Taiwan early Tuesday will be critical to fighting dengue fever in the country, the Central Epidemic Control Center said. During the next week, it will be extremely important for the public to thoroughly clean up the environment in the wake of the typhoon, especially getting rid of standing water that could turn into breeding grounds for the disease-carrying mosquitoes, the center said. People in areas that experienced power outages or cuts to their supply of drinking water should also pay particular attention to food and water sanitation, the center said. The number of dengue fever infections reported in Taiwan since May when the dengue fever season began has reached 17,959 as of Monday night, an increase of 534 cases from the previous day. Most of the cases have been concentrated in southern Taiwan, with 15,496 being reported in Tainan and 2,167 in neighboring Kaohsiung. Of all of the cases, 14,439 patients have fully recovered and 42 people have died. The center urged people to take care of themselves and monitor their health, and anybody who suffers from such symptoms as fever, headaches, muscle joint pains or rashes -- the telltale signs of dengue fever -- should visit a hospital immediately. Chuang Jen-hsiang (???), deputy director-general of Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control, said people who have been confirmed as having dengue fever should take prescribed medicines, drink a lot of water and get as much rest as possible. (By Lung Pei-ning and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-25 18:29 GMT+08:00