Indigenous dengue fever spreads to Changhua, Yonghe in New Taipei
Sep 08, 2018GeneralComments Off on Indigenous dengue fever spreads to Changhua, Yonghe in New Taipei
Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) Indigenous dengue fever continues to spread across Taiwan, with new cases reported in Changhua County and Yonghe District in New Taipei, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday.
Changhua County, which had not been affected by the mosquito-borne disease this year, despite numerous cases in neighboring Taichung City, reported its first case of indigenous dengue fever.
The patient is a female junior high school student who developed a fever on Aug. 30. Tests later confirmed on Friday that she had contracted the type 1 (DENV-1) dengue virus infection, according to the CDC.
Meanwhile, Yonghe District also reported its first case of indigenous dengue fever that day. The patient is a woman in her 30s, who also contracted the type 1 virus, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (???) said.
Health authorities have since disinfected the area around her residence and also called on the public to help prevent the disease from spreading by keeping their living quarters clean of stagnant water, where mosquitoes breed, Lo said.
Other newly confirmed cases this week included in Taichung City and Xinzhuang District in New Taipei, both of which have been hard hit by the disease this year.
Taichung reported three more patients, while Xinzhuang also saw another three, Lo said.
As of Sept. 8, a total of 92 indigenous dengue fever cases had been reported in Taiwan this year, including 50 in Taichung, 31 in New Taipei, five in Kaohsiung, two each in Taipei City and Chiayi County, and one each in Taoyuan and Changhua County, according to the CDC.