Three more infected with chikungunya fever in TaiwanChina | 16 Sep 2019 1:50 pm
A cluster of three chikungunya fever cases has been confirmed in New Taipei, all of which were contracted in Taiwan, the Centers for Disease Control said yesterday.
Two of the patients, a woman in her 80s and a man in his 60s live in a borough in the city's Zhonghe district, where there is already an active chikungunya cluster, the CDC said in a statement.
The third patient, a woman in her 50s, is from Xinchuang district but said she had gone hiking in Zhonghe twice recently.
On September 12, the hospitals where the three people went for medical attention reported that they were suspected cases of either dengue, chikungunya or zika but later confirmed that the patients had contracted Chikungunya fever, the CDC said.
The hiking trail where the third patient had gone climbing is also nearby and is believed to be the source of the chikungunya infections in Zhonghe, which have now increased to 10, Lo said.
The woman in Xinchuang began developing symptoms on August 20, but it took several visits to the doctor over the following three weeks before she was correctly diagnosed with chikungunya, Lo said.
Like dengue fever, chikungunya fever is also spread by the Aedes mosquito and has an incubation period of two to 12 days.
The Aedes aegypti is more likely to spread dengue fever, while the Aedes albopictus usually carries the chikungunya virus. However, both types of mosquito can spread both diseases.