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Taichung reports first indigenous dengue fever case in 2 years

2018/08/20 21:12:37

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Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) A woman has been confirmed to have contracted dengue fever in Taichung, the city's first indigenous case reported in two years, the Taichung Health Bureau said Monday.

The patient is a woman in her 40s who lives in the western part of the city and was admitted to a hospital on Aug. 17. She is still being treated for the illness.

According to the bureau, the woman did not travel overseas but did visit Jiaoxi and Toucheng townships in Yilan County, the Taipei 101 skyscraper, and a recreational farm in Taoyuan during the incubation period prior to the onset of her disease.

Health authorities have since disinfected the areas 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 like to breed, the bureau said.

A new dengue fever case was also confirmed in New Taipei on Monday, involving a young woman in her 20s living in Xinzhuang District, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said.

The reported case has been confirmed to be the third cluster infection in Xinzhuang, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said.

The first indigenous cluster case of dengue fever was reported in the district in late July, when three people were infected. A second cluster that followed until Aug. 14 saw eight people contracting the disease.

The new case confirmed Monday brought the total number of people infected by the mosquito-borne disease in New Taipei this year to 12, Lo said.

The CDC official said the third cluster was probably due to the heavy rain in recent days, leaving standing water in empty containers that serve as new breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

He said the city is working to ramp up disinfection efforts, but also urged people to clean up the environment to prevent infestations of mosquito larvae.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Ko Lin)