5 new dengue fever cases reported in Taiwan

Taipei, The number of confirmed cases of indigenous dengue fever in Taiwan had increased to 112 as of Tuesday, with five new cases reported the previous day, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in its latest report on the mosquito-borne disease.

The five new cases included three in Taichung, the most severely hit area in the country with a total of 62 indigenous cases so far this year. The other two new cases were in Changhua County, the CDC data showed.

Two of the three patients in Taichung were at a hospital in the city's Tanzi District, one a nurse and the other a foreign caregiver, according to the CDC.

CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (???) said a preliminary investigation suggested that the two patients had become infected at a park on the hospital grounds, where inspectors found 28 containers of stagnant water, two of which contained larvae of the dengue mosquito.

The hospital has since sprayed its environs with insecticide and is taking steps to keep mosquitoes out of its buildings, he said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel