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4-year-old confirmed youngest case of dengue fever this year

2010/10/21 23:28:01

Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) hasconfirmed the youngest case of dengue hemorrhagic fever so far thisyear along with two other new cases in southern Taiwan.

CDC Deputy Director-General Lin Ting announced Thursday that a4-year-old girl was confirmed as an indigenous dengue fever case onOct. 18 and is being treated in intensive care. The child, fromKaohsiung, is the youngest patient to be diagnosed with denguehemorrhagic fever this year.

A 69-year old man from Tainan City was unconscious and inintensive care, said Lin. The man, confirmed as a dengue fever caseon Oct. 18, has a history of diabetes and high blood pressure. Hedeveloped symptoms on Oct. 12 and was reported to the CDC six dayslater.

The third confirmed case, an 8-year-old boy also from TainanCity, was in intensive care but conscious.

The three new cases bring the number of recorded indigenous casesto 658 since August, with 256 imported cases since the beginning ofthe year.

The CDC deputy director called on the public to increase theirefforts in getting rid of breeding grounds of the dengue-carryingmosquito, particularly water containers after heavy rainfall.

(ByLi-ting Chen)