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April 28, 2017

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Taiwan travelers to Egypt cautioned against malaria

TAIPEI--People planning to travel to Egypt should take precautions against mosquitoes as malaria has resurfaced there after having not been a risk for 16 years, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday.

Aswan, a popular tourist destination in southern Egypt, has reported 21 malaria cases since late May, an indication of the increasing threat of the fatal disease, the CDC said.

Because malaria is transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito, travelers are advised to wear light colored outfits that fully cover their bodies to avoid contact with mosquitoes, according to the agency.

The CDC warned visitors to Southeast Asia, Oceania, Central and South America, and other parts of Africa to take similar precautions because malaria can be found in all of those regions.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), symptoms of malaria include fever, headaches and vomiting, and usually appear between 10 and 15 days after the patient has been infected.

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