Taiwanese health officials reported (computer translated) an additional two indigenous dengue fever cases in the Greater Taipei area Tuesday.

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One case is a woman in her 20s from the Neihu District of Taipei. The second case was an elderly man from New Taipei’s Xinzhuang District.

The two cases were infected with different dengue types ruling out a cluster.

Since July, there have been 12 indigenous dengue fever cases reported nationally, 11 of which have occurred in Greater Taipei (nine in New Taipei and two in Taipei).

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.

People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is not contagious from person to person.

There are three types of dengue fever in order of less severe to most: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).