On Friday, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) announced the sixth indigenous dengue case confirmed since this summer. The case is a 56-year-old female who resides in Ruiguang Village, Nehihu District, Taipei City.
On November 18, she sought medical attention at a clinic in her neighborhood after developing fever, muscle ache, and joint pain. When her symptoms continued to persist, she sought further medical attention at a clinic and a hospital respectively on November 20 and 21, and she was then hospitalized. On November 23, the case was reported to the authority as a suspected case by the hospital. On November 24, infection with dengue fever (DENV-1) was confirmed in the case by the Taiwan CDC laboratory.
According to the epidemiological investigation, the case has chronic medical conditions and had not recently traveled abroad during the incubation period.
Since the beginning of this summer on May 1, 2016, a total of 6 indigenous dengue cases have been reported in Taiwan, including 2 cases respectively in Tainan City and Kaohsiung City and 1 case respectively in Pingtung County and Taipei City. Thus far this year, a cumulative total of 378 dengue cases have been reported in Taiwan.