By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The Public Health Bureau in Taitung County confirmed that a holidaymaker has contracted
dengue fever on Orchid Island (also known as Lanyu), the first incident ever reported on one of Taiwan’s outlaying islands, reports said Sunday.
According to health authorities, a 31-year-old male from Tainan, who had visited the island from September 11 to 17, reported to Orchid Island’s health station to seek treatment on the 17th after feeling seriously ill a day prior.
The patient was confirmed to have contracted the mosquito-borne disease on the 18th after test results from his blood samples proved to be positive.
Healthcare staff immediately decontaminated the area by spraying pesticide around the hostel and health station. The Lanyu Township Office also sent its available staff to clean up environmental black spots and eliminate standing water in storage containers, such as flower pots, water buckets and discarded tires, to prevent another case of dengue fever from occurring on the island. [FULL STORY]