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Travelers to SE Asia face risk of dengue fever: CDC

TAIPEI--People should take proper precautions to prevent mosquito bites while traveling in Southeast Asia, where dengue fever cases have spiked, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.

This year, dengue fever outbreaks in Southeast Asia are worse than last year, especially in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, CDC deputy chief Chou Jih-haw said.

In the year to date, Malaysia has seen 3.8 times as many cases of dengue fever than it did last year, and Singapore has seen 1.5 times as many as last year, Chou said.

Taiwan, meanwhile, has recorded 21 imported cases of dengue fever since the start of this year, with nine from Indonesia, six from Malaysia, three from the Philippines, two from Singapore and one from Cambodia.

Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. Those stricken can suffer symptoms including fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a skin rash. In a small proportion of cases, the disease develops into the life-threatening fever.

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