First dengue fever cluster on campus confirmed

Taipei-A cluster of four dengue fever cases has been confirmed in Tainan, all of which are students at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Sunday.

It marked the first dengue fever cluster on a school campus this year, according to CDC Deputy Director-General Lo Yi-chun (???).

One of the four cases involves a patient aged 30 that was reported Sept. 25, which was identified as a domestic case, while two other locally acquired dengue fever cases and one imported case were confirmed recently, the CDC said in a statement.

The two locally acquired cases involve a teenager and a woman in her 20s who sought medical treatment Sept. 23 and Sept. 28, respectively, neither of whom had traveled abroad recently.

The imported case confirmed Sept. 28 involves a man in his 20s who entered Taiwan from what the CDC described a "dengue fever epidemic area" Sept. 10 and developed symptoms Sept. 12, but had no record of seeking medical attention, according to the CDC statement.

He was confirmed as having contracted the mosquito-borne disease after his sample tested positive for the virus as part of expanded testing on those who had contact with the patient reported Sept. 25, the CDC said.

The CDC, the Tainan City government and the school authorities have adopted dengue fever prevention and control measures and will continue enhanced dengue surveillance around the campus and neighboring communities, given that the four patients were all NCKU students, according to the statement.

So far, the CDC has confirmed 89 cases of indigenous dengue fever in Taiwan this year, 57 of which were in Kaohsiung, 28 in Tainan, two in New Taipei and one each in Taoyuan and Taipei. Meanwhile, 398 imported cases have been confirmed, a nearly 10-year high.

The CDC called on people to seek medical assistance if they show symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle and joint pain.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel