Two more indigenous cases of dengue fever reported in Taiwan

30-Sep-2017 Intellasia | CNA | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Two more indigenous cases of dengue fever infection have been found in a couple residing in New Taipei City, northern Taiwan, said the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Thursday.

The couple aged in their 50s showed symptoms of continuous fever, muscle aches, joint pain and fatigue and was diagnosed with Type 1 dengue virus Wednesday after being admitted to hospital.

They have no record of leaving the country and have not been to the southern parts of Taiwan where dengue fever is more pronounced, CDC deputy director-General Philip Lo (???) said.

According to test results, the virus strain is similar to those prevalent in Vietnam, hence it is possible that the source of infection may be an imported case hidden in the vicinity of the couple’s residence, said Lo.

Lo added that investigations are currently underway and apart from the confirmed couple, there are no other people in the area showing suspected symptoms.

The couple is currently undergoing hospitalised treatment.

In addition to the two indigenous cases, five imported cases of dengue fever were reported in Taiwan during the September 25-27 period, CDC data showed.

In total, 234 imported and five indigenous cases of dengue fever have been recorded in Taiwan this year, according to CDC figures released as of September 27.


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