Six new indigenous dengue fever cases were reported during the past week in Taiwan, bringing the country’s total for 2015 to 108. Of the 6 cases detected, five were confirmed in Nanzih District, Kaohsiung City.

Aedes mosquito
Aedes aegypti image/CDC

The Taiwan CDC says according to the epidemiological investigation, the 5 cases had all visited the same market, while the other 1 new case resides in Cianjhen District, Kaohsiung City.

Taiwan CDC stresses that we have entered the dengue season and there is currently no effective vaccine or cure for dengue fever. As dengue fever is transmitted by vector mosquitoes, including Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, in Taiwan, besides taking personal precautions against mosquito bites, the public is urged to regularly remove vector-breeding sites, ensure the cleanliness of the environment as well as recycle all unwanted containers in and around the residence in order to prevent the breeding of the vector mosquito.

In addition, if symptoms such as fever, headache, retroorbital pain, myalgia, arthragia, and rash develop after returning to Taiwan from an area at high risk for dengue fever, please seek immediate medical attention and inform the doctor of any relevant medical history, recent travel history and activity to facilitate prompt diagnosis and case reporting.

Physicians are advised to be vigilant for suspected cases, inquire about such patients’ travel history, and notify any suspected cases to the health authority immediately to facilitate implementation of subsequent measures that prevent further transmission of the disease.

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