Taiwan confirms 5 new dengue cases in Sanxia farm cluster

Taipei,  Taiwan on Friday reported five new confirmed cases of indigenous dengue fever that are believed to be part of a cluster infection associated with a farm in Sanxia in New Taipei, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The five patients — four men and one women aged 41 to 74 years old — all live in Sanxia and developed symptoms between Sept. 24-29, the CDC said.

They all went to see doctors complaining of sore throats, runny noses, fevers, headaches or muscle pains and were confirmed on Friday to have contracted the disease, the CDC said.

Based on the movements of the patients before they fell ill, it appears they contracted the virus at the bamboo shoot farm, which is believed to be the source of a cluster infection that has now reached 30 cases — 26 in Sanxia and four in Taoyuan — the CDC said.

So far this year, Taiwan has reported 46 indigenous dengue fever cases, 27 in New Taipei and 19 in Taoyuan, while the total number of imported cases stands at 59, mainly from Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries, CDC data shows.

To curb the spread of the disease, the New Taipei government said it has set up a task force in Sanxia to tighten environmental sanitation and health education.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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