Taipei, Sep. 1－The number of people who have contracted the indigenous dengue fever in central Taiwan’s Taichung City has reached 32 so far this year, including the seven new cases confirmed Friday, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The patients are aged between 20 and 80 years old and five of them had recently visited a recreational farm in the city’s Dali District, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said.
Although two other patients had not visited the farm, health authorities are still looking into their recent activities to determine where they could have possibly contracted the disease, Lo said.
The five new cases were part of a cluster related to the farm, he said.
According to the CDC official, four of the patients are currently being treated at local hospitals, while three have since returned home.
Meanwhile, New Taipei City’s Xinzhuang District, where has also been hit by the mosquito-borne disease, also reported one new dengue case on Friday.
The patient is a woman in her 50s who developed symptoms of the illness on Aug. 20. Tests later confirmed that she had contracted dengue fever, the CDC said.
Dengue fever in Xinzhuang appears to be under control, but has worsened in Taichung, Lo said, adding that local health authorities and the CDC were continuing to carry out cleaning and disinfection of areas around the farm.
He again urged people to clean up the environment to prevent infestations of mosquito larvae and to help stop the disease from spreading.