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Taiwan reports 3 imported dengue fever cases from Maldives

Taipei, April 16 (CNA) Three Taiwanese tourists who have just returned from a group tour to the Maldives have been confirmed as having contracted dengue fever, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.

CDC Deputy Director-General Lo Yi-Chun (羅一鈞) said the three individuals were part of a 110-person tour group that visited the Maldives archipelago in the Indian Ocean from late March to early April.

Two of the travellers developed a fever, headaches and muscle aches in the Maldives, while the other patient experienced the same symptoms two days after returning to Taiwan, Lo said.

Tests were administered and the results, received April 8-12, confirmed the three were infected with dengue fever, he explained, adding that all three patients have since recovered.

The CDC official said health authorities already conducted dengue tests on 11 other members of the group who came into contact with the patients and their results all came back negative.

According to CDC statistics, as of April 15, there have been 106 cases of imported dengue fever this year, including 34 from Indonesia, 26 from Vietnam, and 12 each from the Philippines and Malaysia.

In contrast, the Maldives reported more than 1,500 dengue fever cases in the first four months of this year, Lo said, advising travellers planning to visit the country to take extra precautions.

Meanwhile, the CDC advised that those travelling to places with dengue fever should wear light-coloured clothing with long sleeves and long trousers, while also applying government-approved mosquito repellent on exposed skin.

Travellers are also advised to sleep in accommodation fitted with mosquito screen windows and doors, it said.

In addition, individuals who display symptoms of sickness within two weeks of returning to Taiwan should seek immediate medical attention and be sure to inform medical staff where they have travelled, the CDC pointed out.

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