First case of domestic dengue fever in Taipei this year confirmed

08/18/2019 07:45 PM
CDC personeel check on Taipei City
CDC personeel check on Taipei City's Daan District's neighborhood

Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) Taipei City recorded its first case of locally transmitted dengue fever for the year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed Sunday, saying it had found no record of recent overseas travel by the patient.

The male patient, in his 30s, sought medical attention after he developed a high fever and muscle and joint pains on Thursday, according to the CDC.

The medication he received did not alleviate his symptoms and he was admitted the next day to hospital, where he was later diagnosed with dengue fever, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said.

The patient has since been discharged and is now confined to his home, where his health is being monitored, Chuang said.

The CDC found no record of recent travel abroad by the man, who appeared to have spent most of his time at home or at his office, which are both located in Taipei City's Daan District, Chuang said.

The CDC believes the patient contracted dengue fever somewhere in Daan District, but it is not ruling out other possibilities in view of the fact that he had traveled to Kaohsiung and Tainan in southern Taiwan earlier in the month, Chuang said, adding that the dengue virus has an incubation period of up to 14 days.

Meanwhile, the neighborhood where the patient lives and works has been disinfected to prevent mosquito proliferation, according to the CDC.

As of Saturday, the CDC had confirmed 388 cases of dengue fever in Taiwan this year, 74 of which were indigenous. The CDC data showed that 51 of the 74 indigenous cases were in Kaohsiung.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Joseph Yeh)


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