One new dengue case added to Sanxia farm cluster, raising total to 39

Taipei,  Taiwan on Sunday reported one new confirmed case of indigenous dengue fever that is believed to be part of a cluster infection associated with a farm in Sanxia, New Taipei, which has now reached 39 cases.

The new patient — a woman in her 70s — lives in Sanxia and worked at a bamboo shoot farm in Sanxia’s Wuliao Village from Sept. 12-14 and Sept. 16-17, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a statement issued that day.

The woman fell ill with joint and bone pain on Sept. 26 and sought medical attention on Oct. 1. She subsequently tested positive for the dengue virus, the latest case connected to the bamboo shoot farm, according to the statement.

The 39 indigenous dengue fever cases in the farm cluster include 34 in New Taipei and five in Taoyuan.

This year Taiwan has reported 55 indigenous dengue fever cases, 35 in New Taipei and 20 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.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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