Taiwan’s Disease Control Department reported today (computer translated) of the first indigenous dengue fever case of 2019 in a Kaohsiung City woman.
The 20-year-old woman, who lives in Qianzhen District, presented with fever, headache and muscle pain on Feb. 1 and was soon hospitalized. She is currently being treated.
She had no history of overseas travel; however, she lived near a man who tested positive for dengue in early January who contracted the virus in Thailand.
The Taiwan CDC identified the strain as dengue virus type 2 (DENV-2).
In addition to this local transmission, Taiwan has seen 34 imported cases — nine from Vietnam, eight from Indonesia, seven from the Philippines, five from Cambodia, two each from Thailand and Malaysia, and one from Maldives.