Patient confirmed first indigenous dengue case in New Taipei - Focus Taiwan

Patient confirmed first indigenous dengue case in New Taipei

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) The first locally acquired dengue fever case in New Taipei this year was confirmed Wednesday, according to the city's Department of Health.

Although the patient, a man residing in Zhonghe District, had not traveled abroad recently, he began displaying dengue symptoms such as headache, fever and muscle pain from Aug. 5.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed earlier in the day that it was the first indigenous dengue case in New Taipei this year.

Hsu Chao-cheng (許朝程), deputy commissioner of the New Taipei Department of Health, told the press that the patient had recovered, although his co-worker, who lives in neighboring Yonghe District, had also tested positive for dengue fever.

Measures aimed at cleaning up possible mosquito breeding sites have been launched in areas within 200 meters of the workplaces and homes of the confirmed and possible patients, Hsu added.

(by Wand Hong-kuo and intern Hsieh Meng-jun)Enditem/J

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