Taiwan health officials reported the first locally acquired dengue fever case of 2017, according to a recent news release (computer translated).

Image/Taiwan CDC
Image/Taiwan CDC

This has prompted health officials to advise the public to strengthen their anti-mosquito efforts.

The patient is a 27-year-old woman from Kaohsiung City who presented with headache, fever, muscle soreness, joint pain, eye socket pain, loss of appetite and other symptoms on May 5.

She is currently hospitalized and being treated.

People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is not contagious from person to person. For more infectious disease news and informationvisit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

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).

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year. However, new research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.