Taipei, July 29 (CNA) The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urged the public Wednesday to take precautions against dengue fever, as the number of cases of the mosquito-borne disease is escalating quickly in southern Taiwan.
Taiwan has reported 85 indigenous dengue fever cases during the week of July 21-27, compared with 38 in the previous week, according to the CDC.
The bulk of the reported cases were in southern Taiwan’s Tainan municipality, which alone accounted for 78 new cases, while neighboring Kaohsiung reported six cases during the same period, the CDC said.
Taiwan has seen 216 indigenous dengue fever cases since May, with the ongoing hot and humid weather likely to increase the number, the agency warned.
The threat from abroad is increasing as well, the CDC said, adding that Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia have recorded more cases this year than usual.
The officials reminded people to keep their homes free of standing water and to make efforts to avoid mosquito bites.
Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease with symptoms that include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and skin rash. In a small proportion of cases, the disease can develop into hemorrhagic dengue fever, which can be fatal. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)