A total of 1,215 new dengue fever cases were found in China’s Guangdong province Friday, authorities said Saturday. The total number of dengue fever cases in Guangdong has climbed to 18,866, including four deaths — three in the provincial capital Guangzhou and one in the neighbouring Foshan City..

Aedes aegypti/CDC
Aedes aegypti/CDC

The province has reported more than 1,000 new cases reported every day since Monday. Cases have been reported in 19 out of 21 prefecture-level cities in Guangdong.

Yang Zhicong, deputy chief of Guangzhou disease control center said, “We should be on high alert, but not be overly nervous as we can take proactive measures and patients can be fully cured.”

“The key point is that citizens should be aware of preventative measures and avoid mosquitoes at home and outdoors,” said Yang. The mosquito population in the province is at 5-times the normal due to high temperatures and wet weather.

Guangzhou, the provincial capital of Guangdong, has begun distribution of free mosquito repellent and handouts on mosquito control.

Dengue fever, a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes, mostly hits tropical and sub-tropical regions. Symptoms include fever, nausea, rashes, backache and headaches. The hemorrhagic variant, which causes severe internal bleeding as blood vessel collapse, is often fatal. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page