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Officials mobilized to prevent outbreak of dengue fever

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Kaohsiung County officials responsible for health and environmental protection affairs were mobilized yesterday for an urgent undertaking aimed at preventing an outbreak of dengue fever.

County Commissioner Yang Chiu-hsiung (楊秋興) ordered officials to reinforce efforts to cleanse mosquito-breeding sites after the first indigenous dengue fever case this summer was reported last week.

The patient, a woman in her 50s, resides in Fengshan City but works in Kaohsiung, County Director of Health Huang Chih-chung (黃志中) said, noting that Kaohsiung City is one of southern Taiwan's dengue-affected areas, with 52 cases of indigenous dengue fever reported so far since the beginning of the summer.

Tainan is the area hardest hit by the mosquito-born disease, with 230 cases of indigenous dengue fever reported so far this summer.

Tainan County has reported 17 cases, Huang said.

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