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Kaohsiung dengue fever cases skyrocket after flooding
Central News Agency
2014-08-18 08:27 PM
Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) Officials in Kaohsiung said Monday they have recorded 713 dengue fever cases so far this year as of the previous day, with 26 new cases reported every day on average since Aug. 12 alone. Health officials in the southern city said the recent outbreaks occurred in Siaogang and Fongshan, two districts near the site of gas explosions on July 31, where badly damaged drainage systems have resulted in water-filled ditches easily flooded when it rains. Taiwan has seen an 11-year high in indigenous dengue fever cases this summer, during which 570 people have been confirmed infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). CDC data showed that there were only around 70 cases in the same period last year. Authorities urged the public to take preventative measures against mosquito bites, including draining water containers and cleaning up vector breeding sites close to residential areas. Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and skin rash. In a small proportion of cases, the disease can develop into the life-threatening hemorrhagic dengue fever. (By Wang Shwu-fen and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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