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Confirmed cases of dengue fever, JE increase: CDC

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

As of Monday, 69 locally acquired cases and 99 imported cases of dengue fever had been reported this year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said, advising the public to take proper measures to reduce the risk of a potential outbreak.

Five locally acquired cases of dengue fever were reported in Pingtung County last week, taking the total number of locally acquired cases to 53 this year in Pingtung alone, CDC official Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said, adding that in the same week 10 imported cases from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines were reported.

The agency also announced that five more cases of Japanese encephalitis (JE) have been confirmed, with all the infected patients experiencing the onset of the disease between June 10 and June 30.

“Four were hospitalized, one of whom is currently in intensive care, and one has since been discharged,” Chuang said.

As of yesterday, a total of nine confirmed cases of JE had been reported this year, according to the agency.

“However, compared with the number cases recorded in the same period last year, which was 26, this year’s nine is not that many,” Chuang said.

CDC physician Philip Yi-chun Lo (羅一鈞) said that pigs are the main host of the JE virus in Taiwan, so people who live near hog farms should take heed of the sanitary condition of their surroundings.

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