Kaohsiung, An Indonesian migrant worker was diagnosed with dengue fever recently after arriving in Kaohsiung, the 10th such imported case in the city, according to the municipal Department of Health Sunday.
The patient, who is in his 40s, arrived in the country on Nov. 21 and was isolated at a hotel in Kaohsiung for quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press statement from the department.
Although the Indonesian national did not exhibit symptoms of dengue fever, he was still tested because the city is stepping up efforts to curb the mosquito-borne tropical disease, it said.
The department said the man gave a blood sample on Nov. 25, but was only confirmed as positive for the dengue virus after a second test one week later.
Emergency dengue prevention measures have been activated at the hotel and in nearby communities, including mosquito fogging and inspection of possible vector breeding sites, the department said.
A person infected with dengue fever can transmit the virus to other mosquitoes, which spread it further, according to the World Health Organization.
This year the city government has tested a total of 2,460 migrant workers and foreign nationals to prevent the spread of dengue fever, the department said.
Meanwhile, a total of 63 imported dengue cases and 71 indigenous cases were detected in Taiwan over the same period, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel