If you’re heading to Southeast Asia, Kaohsiung has a warning for you


TAIPEI, Taiwan — People planning to visit Southeast Asia in the near future should take precautions against dengue fever, the Kaohsiung City Department of Health said on Thursday, as the city has seen an increasing number of imported dengue fever infections.

As of Wednesday, 16 such cases had been reported in the southern port city, with most of the patients becoming infected in Southeast Asia.

In the latest case, the patient reported suspected dengue fever symptoms of high body temperature and diarrhea on June 27, after a May 4-June 26 trip to Sri Lanka.

The 31-year-old was confirmed on Wednesday to have contracted the mosquito-borne disease, and two of his five travel companions are currently in quarantine, the department said.

Among other imported dengue fever cases, six are from Vietnam, four are from Malaysia, with Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Bangladesh and Marshall Islands each reporting one.

Islandwide, Taiwan had seen 104 imported dengue fever cases as of Wednesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control.