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Kaohsiung reports one new indigenous dengue fever case: CDC

2018/11/14 21:28:16

Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Taipei, Nov. 14 (CNA) Kaohsiung has reported a case of indigenous dengue fever, making it the first dengue virus type 4 (DENV-4) the southern city has reported this year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday.

The patient, a man in his 70s living in the city's Chienjin District, sought treatment Monday after feeling unwell and coming down with a fever and sore throat the day before.

The man was confirmed to have DENV-4 the following day after he sought medical treatment again after developing rashes, muscle pain and difficulty breathing.

Kaohsiung authorities were still tracing the origin of the dengue virus because it was the first reported DENV-4 case and there have been no imported dengue cases this year in the city, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said.

In September, Tainan reported this year's first DENV-4 case in that southern city, Chuang noted.

The number of indigenous dengue fever cases around Taiwan has hit 176 this year -- 107 in Taichung, 43 in New Taipei, 12 in Kaohsiung, eight in Changhua County, two each in Taipei and Chiayi County, and one each in Taoyuan and Tainan, according to CDC data.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)