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Published On: Mon, Jun 9th, 2014

Taiwan reports first ‘locally acquired’ dengue case of the summer, first indigenous cholera case

The Taiwan Center for Disease Control (CDC) is advising the public about removing mosquito breeding sites after health officials reported the first autochthonous case of dengue fever this summer.

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The patient is a  45-year-old male who resides in Caoya Village, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City and has no history of overseas travel. On May 24, when he developed symptoms, including fever, fatigue, muscle ache and malaise, he sought medical attention at a clinic.

On the following day, when his symptoms persisted, he sought further medical assistance at a hospital. On May 26, the case was reported to the health authority by the hospital as a suspected case of dengue fever. Subsequently, infection with dengue fever was confirmed in the case by Taiwan CDC.

Health authorities have implemented a number of prevention measures to prevent further spread of the disease, including conducting an expanded epidemiological investigation, investigating the mosquito density in and around the case’s residence and places frequently visited by the case, conducting a thorough cleaning of vector breeding sites, and spraying insecticide.

According to the epidemiological investigation, three other residents in the same district have developed suspected symptoms pertaining to dengue fever and infection with the disease was later confirmed in all three of them, indicating the occurrence of a cluster of dengue cases.

According to the Taiwan CDC, thus far this year, as of May 28, a cumulative total of 18 indigenous dengue cases have been confirmed in Taiwan. Of the indigenous cases, 14 were from local outbreaks that occurred last year and their illness onsets were all before February 6.

In addition, a total of 65 imported dengue cases have been confirmed in Taiwan, including 34 from Indonesia, 17 from Malaysia, 6 from the Philippines, 3 from Singapore, 2 from Nauru and 1 respectively from Thailand, Cambodia, and French Polynesia.

Health authorities are also advising the public to pay attention to dietary hygiene as the country confirmed the first indigenous cholera case.

A 53-year-old male truck driver who resides in southern Taiwan was laboratory confirmed infection with V. cholerae O1 Ogawa in late May.

According to the epidemiological investigation, the patient often travels between cities and counties in northern and southern Taiwan and eats out most of the time. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

Hence, the health authority is in the process of investigating the possible source of his infection and has collected specimens from the case’s family members for laboratory testing. As of now, the three family members who reside in the same household with the case have not developed any suspected symptoms.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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