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May 1, 2017

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Dengue fever infections in seasonal upswing: CDC

TAIPEI -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urged the public Sunday to take precautions against dengue fever, as the season for the mosquito-borne disease peaks.

Taiwan had seen 162 cases of dengue fever this year as of June 30, including 87 cases imported from neighboring countries, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore, according to the CDC.

The threat from abroad is increasing as well, the CDC said, adding that Southeast Asia has recorded more cases this year than is usual.

With Taiwan in the grip of its rain season and the onset of the hot summer months, water in unused containers should be drained often to prevent mosquitoes that carry the virus from breeding, the agency said.

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 can develop into the life-threatening hemorrhagic dengue fever.

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