Taiwan confirms 2 new dengue cases in Sanxia farm cluster

Taipei,  Taiwan on Thursday reported two new confirmed cases of indigenous dengue fever that are believed to be part of a cluster infection associated with a farm in Sanxia, New Taipei, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The two new patients — a man, in his 50s and a woman in her 60s — both live in Sanxia and have no recent overseas travel history, the CDC said in a statement issued Thursday.

The man fell ill with fever, headache and muscle pains on Sept. 27, a few days after he visited a bamboo shoot farm in Sanxia, and he tested positive for the dengue virus on Thursday, according to the CDC.

In the case of the woman, she had been going to the farm quite often but had stopped after Sept. 19 when she learned of the cluster of dengue fever cases believed to have originated there, the CDC said.

On Sept. 29, she sought medical attention, complaining of a fever, swollen knees and nausea, and was confirmed two days later to be infected with the dengue virus, according to the CDC.

It said that based on the movements of the two patients before they fell ill, it appears that they contracted the virus at the bamboo shoot farm, which is believed to be the source of a cluster infection that has now reached 25 cases — 21 in Sanxia and four in Taoyuan.

So far this year, Taiwan has reported 41 indigenous dengue fever cases, 22 in New Taipei and 19 in Taoyuan, while the total number of imported cases stands at 59, mainly from Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries, CDC data shows.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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