Taipei, Taiwan has reported two new confirmed cases of indigenous dengue fever in the past week that are believed to be part of a cluster infection associated with a bamboo shoots farm in Sanxia in New Taipei, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Sunday.
The men involved in the two cases, both in their 50s, live in Taoyuan and Sanxia.
The Taoyuan resident traveled to Sanxia before the onset of dengue symptoms on Sept. 23 and tested positive for the virus on Sept. 24.
The Sanxia resident tested negative for the virus on Sept. 16 but developed symptoms on Sept. 23.
Both are infected with dengue virus type 1, according to the CDC.
CDC Deputy Director Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said the Taoyuan man usually goes to Wuliao Village in Sanxia to buy bamboo shoots every day.
The Sanxia resident also often goes to the farm to harvest bamboo shoots and lives with a family member who was previously identified as having dengue fever, Chuang said.
Judging by the two men’s movements and the spread of the virus, the two new cases are likely related to the cluster infection involving the farm. The two new cases bring the total number of cases in the cluster to 16, according to Chuang.
Taiwan has reported 32 indigenous dengue fever cases so far this year, with 17 from Taoyuan and 15 from New Taipei, while the total number of imported cases of dengue fever is 59, mainly from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel