Taiwan confirms 5 new dengue cases in Sanxia farm cluster

Focus Taiwan
Date: 10/02/2020
By: Chang Ming-hsuan, Yeh Chen
and Lee Hsin-Yin

A worker spray pesticide in New Taipei. Photo courtesy of the New Taipei City Department of Health

Taipei, Oct. 2 (CNA) Taiwan on Friday reported five new confirmed cases of indigenous dengue fever that are believed to be part of a cluster infection associated with a farm in Sanxia in New Taipei, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The five patients — four men and one women aged 41 to 74 years old — all live in Sanxia and developed symptoms between Sept. 24-29, the CDC said.

They all went to see doctors complaining of sore throats, runny noses, fevers, headaches or muscle pains and were confirmed on Friday to have contracted the disease, the CDC said.

Based on the movements of the patients before they fell ill, it appears they contracted the virus at the bamboo shoot farm, which is believed to be the source of a cluster infection that has now reached 30 cases — 26 in Sanxia and four in Taoyuan — the CDC said.   [FULL  STORY]

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