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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with Agencies


CDC warns against dengue

People should be on high alert against dengue fever, as the number of reported cases of the tropical disease have risen compared with the same time last year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday. The latest case involves a 55-year-old man in Greater Tainan, who was confirmed to be infected with the mosquito-borne illness after developing a fever and headache on July 19 and is now receiving treatment, the agency said. There have been 378 confirmed cases of dengue fever in the nation so far this year, compared with about 200 in the same period last year, the CDC said, citing data valid as of Friday. It said that among the 378 cases, 276 were contracted locally, while 102 were imported. The CDC urged people to take preventive measures such as draining water containers and taking precautions against mosquito bites.


ECFA committee to meet

A negotiation platform established under the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) is to hold its sixth biannual meeting in Beijing on Tuesday next week to discuss the pact’s implementation so far. The Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Committee was set up in January 2011 to handle follow-up negotiations on ECFA processes. It meets every six months, with the two sides taking turns to host. The first meeting was in Taoyuan in February 2011. The Straits Exchange Foundation and China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits each released a statement yesterday to announce the upcoming meeting. The foundation said the two sides are to review ECFA’s progress; trade in merchandise and services; dispute settlement; industrial and customs cooperation; and setting up reciprocal representative offices on either side.

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