By: Chen Wei-ting, Wang Shu-fen and Lilian Wu
Taipei, April 23 (CNA) The number of imported dengue fever cases has reached
89 this year, setting a new high during the same period in the past few years, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday, urging the public to be on guard against the mosquito-borne disease.
The CDC also reported a new indigenous dengue fever case in Kaohsiung: a 77-year-old woman who frequently visits a temple in Gushan district (鼓山區). She developed the symptoms of insomnia, diarrhea and fever on April 19 and was confirmed to have been infected with dengue fever three days later.
Meanwhile, an imported case of chikungunya fever was also reported in the same district. The patient, a 37-year-old man, went to Brazil on a business trip on April 12 and returned to Taiwan on April 19. He developed symptoms of fever, and knuckle and muscle sores the following day.
CDC spokeswoman Yang Yu-wen (楊玉玟) said the CDC was not worried too much about an outbreak of chikungunya fever, noting that the number of imported cases amounted to only four this year, and all had come from Southeast Asia. [FULL STORY]