By Robert Herriman @bactiman63
The Taiwan Department of Disease Control has reported three additional confirmed cases of locally acquired dengue fever today in Sanmin District, Kaohsiung City. All of them were men living in Dingjinli, aged between 50 and 60. All three have no history of travel.
This brings the total to 15 cases of indigenous dengue fever this year, all from Kaohsiung City– including 14 cases in Sanmin District (13 cases in Dingjinli, 1 case in Dingxili) and 1 case in Qianzhen District.
Another 155 imported dengue cases have been reported.
In response to the cases, the Department of Disease Control and the Kaohsiung City Government continued to arrange epidemic prevention personnel to conduct epidemic investigations around the case activities, check and clear the source of health and the emergency prevention and control work of local people and medical institutions. In addition, the Kaohsiung City Government has continued to implement “dengue fever combined with large-scale raids” in Dingjinli and surrounding areas.
Health officials also report two additional confirmed cases of Japanese encephalitis. The cases were in the Eastern District of Chiayi City and the Zuoying District of Kaohsiung City.
The Department of Disease Control said that the two new cases were a 50-year-old male from Chiayi City and a 50-year-old female from and Kaohsiung City. Both had no recent history of foreign travel. They developed fever symptoms on May 21 and 23, respectively. The two cases are currently being treated in the intensive care unit.
Among the cases in Chiayi City, there are several pig houses, paddy fields and poultry houses within 3 km of the residents of the Eastern District and the vegetable gardens of Zhongpu Township in Chiayi County. As for the Kaohsiung City case, there are no pig houses near the home, but there are paddy fields and otters. Ground and poultry house. The health unit has gone to the surrounding homes and activities to carry out environmental surveys, removal of hygiene sources and suspension of mosquito traps in pig houses or poultry houses to reduce the control measures such as the density of vector mosquitoes, and to strengthen the publicity and propaganda of the local people.
There are 4 confirmed cases in the current year, including 3 cases in Kaohsiung City and 1 case in Chiayi City.