Dengue rages on with nearly 13,500 cases, China

CHINA : The number of dengue fever cases in Guangdong has increased to 13,449 as of Sept. 30, a figure 19.38 times higher than the same period last year. Even one of the province’s vice governors has contracted the virus, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.

The outbreak this year was caused by rising temperature and intermittent rains which provided the warmth and humidity ideal for a mosquito population explosion. Standing pools of water left after rain are the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, and has given their population density a fivefold boost over past figures in many areas in Guangdong province.

The majority, or 84%, of dengue fever cases were in Guangzhou, followed by 1,389 cases in Foshan, 226 cases in Zhongshan and 187 cases in Jiangmen. One of cases is reportedly one of the province’s eight vice governors but the provincial government has yet to confirm the claim.

Guangzhou mayor Chen Jianhua said the city government will assign workers to implement measures to prevent the disease from spreading during China’s National Day holiday, which began on Oct. 1.

Dengue fever is transmitted through mosquito bites. Common symptoms include fever, headache and joint pain. More serious complications involve shock, blood hemorrhages or even death. Experts said pregnant women, babies, elderly or obese people are more prone to develop severe symptoms.

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