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Taoyuan County confirms two dengue fever cases

TAIPEI -- Taoyuan County health authorities on Saturday confirmed two cases of dengue fever imported by a Taiwanese traveler and an Indonesian worker.

According to the northern county's health bureau, the first case involves a 36-year-old Taiwanese woman who visited Thailand with her family from Dec. 27, 2008 to Jan. 1.

The woman developed suspected dengue fever symptoms, including a fever and muscle and joint pain, before being sent to a hospital for treatment on Jan 13.

The hospital reported her suspected infection of dengue fever the next day to the county's health bureau, which confirmed the illness on Jan. 15.

The Indonesian worker was found to have dengue fever during a health check when entering Taiwan. He returned to Indonesia Jan. 14.

Taoyuan County health bureau chief Wu Cheng-fang urged the public, particularly travelers returning from Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Cambodia, to be alert to the possibility of contracting the disease if they develop headaches behind the eyes and pain in their joints.

Taoyuan County is home to the country's largest airport and has a large number of foreign workers to support its manufacturing-based economy.

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