Taipei, Dengue fever is spreading rapidly in Taichung, with five new cases of indigenous dengue fever infections reported in the special municipality, bringing the total number to 25 over the past 10 days, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported Wednesday.
One additional case of the mosquito-borne disease was reported in New Taipei, according to CDC data.
The five patients in Taichung are aged between 20 and 80 years old and three of them had recently visited a recreational farm in the city's Dali District, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (???) said.
Although the two other patients had not visited the farm, they had visited two boroughs near the farm, according to Lo.
The case in New Taipei was reported as part of this year's first indigenous dengue fever cluster in Xinzhuang District.
As of Aug. 28, a total of 53 indigenous dengue fever cases had been reported in Taiwan this year, including 25 in Taichung, 22 in New Taipei's Xinzhuang, two each in Taipei and Chiayi and one each in Taoyaun and Kaohsiung.
The Taichung health department confirmed that the five new cases were part of a cluster related to the recreational farm.
The local health authorities and the CDC were continuing to carry out cleaning and disinfection of areas around the farm, according to the Taichung City government.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel