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Family contracts dengue fever after Cambodia trip

The China Post news staff--A child had contracted Dengue fever in Cambodia whilst on a trip with family, according to local reports. After returning to Taiwan, the disease was spread to 10 other family members of the child, according to the Centers for Disease Control under the Department of Health (CDC, 疾病管制局).

Luo Yi-jun (羅一鈞), a physician with the CDC, said that out of the 10 family members infected with the Dengue virus, eight were male and 2 were female, ranging from 11 to 72 years of age.

After conducting a gene comparison of the virus, Luo concluded that the child had been the carrier of the virus, and that the disease was spread to other family members after the child returned to Taiwan.

CDC Vice Director Zhou Zhi-hao (周志浩) said that the family that had contracted Dengue fever were exposed to an environment with a high density of Dengue fever transmitters – mosquitoes.

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