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CDC warns of dengue fever threat
Central News Agency
2014-05-24 07:48 PM
Taipei, May 24 (CNA) The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned Saturday about the growing threat posed by dengue fever at home and abroad. CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang said the world continues to face a serious situation regarding the mosquito-borne disease, with Southeast Asia having recorded more cases this year than usual. So far this year, Chuang said, Malaysia has reported 3.7 times the number of cases compared with the same period of last year, while the number of cases in Singapore is 3.6 times the country's five-year average. Taiwan had recorded 62 imported dengue fever cases as of May 22 this year, including 32 from Indonesia and 16 from Malaysia, while the number of domestic cases stood at 14, he said. With Taiwan entering the plum rain season and the hot summer months, Chuang reminded the public to drain water from unused containers to prevent the mosquitoes that carry the virus from breeding. He also cautioned people planning to travel to Southeast Asia, as well as Brazil -- the host country of this year's soccer World Cup -- to take precautionary measures, since the South American country had reported over 300,000 cases as of April, including around 2,000 severe cases. (By Lung Pei-ning and Kay Liu)
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