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Dengue Cases Reported in Southern Taiwan in Unusual Winter Season Outbreak
Category: Health and Medical
Severity: 2 (Low)
Source: Drum Cussac
02/11/2014 (Taiwan) – Taiwan’s Centre for Disease Control (CDC) stated on Monday, 10 February, that at least 31 cases of dengue fever had been recorded in southern counties since the beginning of 2014. According to the statement, 14 reported infections were contracted domestically. Worst affected areas include Pingtung County, where 10 domestic cases were reported.
The risk rating for Taiwan is currently LOW, with a similar rating for health risks. Dengue outbreaks are relatively common in Taiwan and typically occur during the island’s summer months. Recorded infections are generally concentrated in Taiwan’s southern regions, notably in Pingtung County and Kaohsiung City, which reported 477 and 70 indigenous cases in 2013, respectively. Outbreaks during the winter season are rare and authorities suspect that dengue-carrying aedes mosquito were breeding inside residences.
There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever. Symptoms of dengue fever include flu-like conditions such as high fever, headaches, and severe muscle and joint pain. Prevention is the best method to minimise the risk of contraction. The risk of being bitten is the highest during the early morning, several hours after daybreak and in the late afternoon before sunset.
Personnel can prevent mosquito bites by wearing loose, long-sleeved clothing and trousers to cover the skin. Application of an insect repellent with DEET is recommended. Make sure the work environment and accommodation is as mosquito-free as possible. This may include such measures such as eliminating pools of stagnant water, which are optimal mosquito breeding environments. Pour out any water that is pooled in things like pot plant bases or plastic containers, and store anything that can hold water in a dry place.
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