CDC urges for more public awareness of dengue fever
Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urged the public Thursday not to ignore symptoms related to dengue fever, as recent statistics show an increasing number of cases that have not sought treatment. While no specific surge in the disease has been reported compared with last year, the period between the time a patient develops dengue fever symptoms and sees a doctor has increased from an average of 3.3 days to approximately 4 to 6 days, CDC officials said.
Both the patients and the doctors should pay more attention to the connection between the symptoms and the disease, especially in the wake of recent wet weather, the CDC said.
As the plum rain season approaches, water in unused containers should be drained often to prevent the mosquitoes that carry the virus from breeding, it said.
As of April 20, there had been 100 indigenous dengue fever cases reported, mostly in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung city, according to the agency.