First Case of Dengue Fever in Chiayi in 3 Years

dengue fever mosquito
Aedes aegypti. Photo by James Gathany, via Wikimedia Commons

Chiayi County’s first indigenous case of dengue fever has been identified, according to Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It is the first case in the county in three years, UDN reported.

According to the CDC, a 50-year-old man in Xikou Township (溪口鄉) developed symptoms, such as fever and joint pain, on August 5. He had no history of foreign travel. He was admitted to the hospital on August 7 and on August 9 was confirmed to have contracted dengue fever.

As the man had been working Taichung’s Eastern District during the incubation period, the CDC is unable to identify where the man contracted the virus. Authorities noted that there were a lot of mosquitoes around his home, and one family member has symptoms that could be associated with the virus.

This is the 13th case of dengue fever since July.

The CDC identified two other cases of dengue fever on Wednesday as well, with one case in Taipei’s Neihu District and another in Xinzhuang District in New Taipei.

The agency has released a map of all cases of dengue fever in Taiwan since 2015 to help the public understand areas at higher risk.

The CDC reminds residents to use precautions against mosquitoes, including using mosquito repellent when outdoors. It is important to clear any standing water as it becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Residents who develop a fever and muscle or joint pain should seek medical assistance immediately. There are 1289 medical facilities in Taiwan equipped with the NS1 antigen test that can provide a diagnosis in an hour.

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