Taipei, A cluster of dengue fever cases in New Taipei continued to grow Thursday, rising to 43, as another patient was confirmed to be infected with the mosquito-borne disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The new patient, a man in his 30s who lives and works in the city’s Shulin District, is believed to have contracted the virus when he recently visited Sanxia, the district where the cluster infection most likely originated, the CDC said.
After his visits to Sanxia on Sept. 26 and Oct. l, the man fell ill a few days later with symptoms such as headache, a fever, dizziness, nausea and joint pains, the CDC said.
The man sought medical attention several times in the period Oct. 3-6 and was eventually diagnosed with dengue fever at a hospital on the last day, according to the CDC.
Based on the man’s movements leading up his illness, it appears that he was part of a cluster linked to a farm in Sanxia, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said.
With the confirmation of the man’s infection, the number of cases in the cluster has increased to 43, Chuang said, adding that 38 of the patients live in New Taipei and five in Taoyuan.
The CDC said it has been carrying out contract tracing and has reached 573 of the 600 people reported to have had contact with the infected patients. To date, 37 of the 573 contacts have tested positive for dengue fever, while 511 have tested negative, 15 are awaiting results, and 10 have been scheduled for a second test, the CDC said.
So far this year, Taiwan has recorded 60 cases of indigenous dengue fever cases and 59 imported cases, mainly from Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries, according to CDC data.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel