TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) announced one new dengue-associated death in an imported case on Monday, urging travelers visiting dengue-affected areas to take precautions against mosquito bites.
An over-30-year-old female who resided in northern Taiwan visited Vietnam at the end of August, Taiwan CDC said. In early September, she subsequently developed fever, fatigue, headache, muscle ache, joint paint and retroortbital pain, according to Taiwan CDC.
After seeking medical attention, she was hospitalized. Infection with dengue was confirmed in the case after the hospital reported her to the health authorities as a suspected case, Taiwan CDC added.
During her stay in the hospital, she continued to experience dizziness, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Despite the treatment administered, the woman unfortunately passed away during mid-September, Taiwan CDC said. The investigation revealed that the cause of death was associated with dengue infection. As of now, none of the 20 contacts has experienced any symptoms, according to Taiwan CDC.
According to the surveillance data compiled by Taiwan CDC, during September 18 - 24, 2017, four new imported dengue cases and one dengue-associated death in an imported case from Vietnam were confirmed. During the past one month, the majority of the imported cases confirmed came from Vietnam. As of September 24, 2017, a total of 229 imported cases, including two deaths, and three indigenous cases have been confirmed in Taiwan so far this year.
As the vector mosquito season has arrived, Taiwan CDC reminds travelers planning to visit areas affected by dengue fever such as Southeast Asian countries to take precautions against mosquito bites, including wearing light-colored clothing, long sleeves and long pants, applying officially approved mosquito repellent to exposed parts of the body, staying at accommodations installed with window screens, screen doors or air conditioners.
Taiwan CDC urged travelers who develop symptoms such as fever, headache, retroorbital pain, myalgia, arthralgia, and rash after their return to seek immediate medical attention and inform the physician of their travel activity history in order to facilitate early diagnosis, case reporting and treatment.
For more information, please visit the Taiwan CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov.tw or call the toll-free Communicable Disease Reporting and Consultation Hotline, 1922 (or 0800-001922).