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Taipei Reports Two New Indigenous Dengue Fever Cases

A worker carrying out disinfection of the surroundingTaipei City Government reported two new cases of indigenous dengue fever infections. The patients include a 30-year-old male residing in Beitou District and a 60-year-old male living in Zhongshan District.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), the individuals exhibited symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle pain, and joint aches on August 27 and September 1 respectively. The cases were confirmed to be infected with dengue fever by hospitals on September 2.

The patient in Beitou District have been active in Tainan area between August 19 and 20. However, the case in Zhongshan District has not been to central Taiwan, southern Taiwan, or abroad during the incubation period. DOH plans to conduct further investigation to identify possible sources of the virus.

As of September 3, a total of 35 confirmed dengue fever cases has been reported for Taipei City. Among these, 27 cases are imported and 8 cases are indigenous. The indigenous cases can be further categorized as below: 3 cases in Beitou District; 2 cases in Wenshan District; 2 cases in Zhongshan District, and 1 case in Datong District.

DOH reminds residents that with recent typhoons and rainfall, they should clean out possible indoor containers with stagnant water to eliminate the breeding of mosquitos. Make sure to check abandoned containers such as buckets, plant pots, vases, scrapped tires, and so on for standing water as well.

With the start of the new semester, schools should also conduct inspections to rid the campus of mosquito vectors. Faulty members should report to the doctor and provide travel history if noticing dengue fever symptoms such as fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle ache, bone pain, joint pain, rash, stomachache, or diarrhea. When visiting dengue fever hotspots, individuals should don light colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants, as well as use insect repellent with government-approved ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin, or IR-3535.