Dengue Fever Warning Issued by Provincial Health Commission
17 Jun 2019
The Shenzhen Business Daily recently published that on June 13th, the Guangdong Provincial Health Commission issued a dengue fever warning. Dengue Fever is an infectious disease that can be deadly.
Guangdong has entered the local epidemic season of dengue fever early this year.
As of June 12, A total of 240 cases of dengue fever were reported in the province, compared to 44 cases in the same period last year!
54 of the cases of infection were reported in Shenzhen.
Luckily, no deaths have been reported.
Among them, 9 cases were local infections, including 4 cases in Foshan, 2 cases in Guangzhou, and 1case in Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Jiangmen.
231 were reported as cases of imported infections, including 55 cases in Guangzhou, 54 cases in Shenzhen, 24 cases in Foshan, 21 cases in Dongguan, 18 cases in Zhanjiang, 14 cases in Zhuhai, 10 cases in Zhongshan and Maoming, 5 cases in Jieyang, 4 cases in Huizhou, and Chaozhou, 3 cases in Yangjiang, 2 cases in Shantou, Jiangmen, Yunfu and Zhaoqing, and 1 case in Qingyuan and Heyuan.
Cambodia accounts for nearly 70% of the imported cases.
According to the official WeChat news of the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia, the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia recently received a number of Chinese citizens who were infected with dengue virus during the Cambodian period, and some of them were in critical condition.
After a person is infected with dengue fever, the onset of symptoms can be acute, with high fever, headache, and severe muscle and joint pain; which spread rapidly. Currently, there is no specific treatment, and some cases can be severe; causing bleeding, shock and even death.
High risk of local transmission of dengue fever in the Pearl River Delta
Experts believe that high temperature rain due to the impact of El Niño in Guangdong Province this year, has been ideal for mosquito breeding; causing the mosquito density to be high in some areas.
A number of cases of local dengue fever have been reported in various areas of the Pearl River Delta, and the risk of spread of dengue fever in the province has further increased.
Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Jiangmen, Dongguan, Shenzhen and other Pearl River Delta regions are high-risk areas where local dengue fever is currently spread. Guangdong (Chaozhou, Shantou, Jieyang) and Yuexi (Zhanjiang, Yangjiang) have more epidemics. The risk of local outbreaks in the area is further increased.
Anti-mosquito measures are being carried out in the Guangzhou area.
Aside from avoiding wearing dark clothes; which mosquitos are attracted to, there are other mosquito repellent methods to keep in mind.
The WebMD article: "Mosquito Repellents: What Works," cited a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002, where researchers compared several types of mosquito repellents head-to-head in laboratory tests and those with DEET fared best.
Source: Mosquito Repellents: What Works
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1. There are no mosquitos without water, and no dengue without mosquitos.
Dengue fever is mainly transmitted through the bite of Aedes albopictus (P. variabilis). Eliminating mosquito breeding sites (home and external environmental water) and killing adult mosquitoes are key measures for prevention and control of dengue fever. The general public is required to start from the self and move together to clear the water, kill the mosquitoes, and prevent bites.
2. Prepare for Mosquitos When Traveling
Travelers preparing to travel to dengue-affected areas (such as Cambodia and other Southeast Asian countries) should take anti-mosquito measures such as wearing light-colored long-sleeved pants and using mosquito repellents containing DEET. In the 15 days after the end of the travel in the dengue epidemic area, if symptoms such as fever, skin flushing, muscle and bone pain occur, seek medical attention as soon as possible, and explain to the doctor the history of travel and the health of the accompanying personnel.
3. Prevention is the main concern; everyone should be involved
Everyone should take precautionary and preventative measures and strengthen mosquito-monitoring, reduce the density of mosquitoes, and strengthen the investigation of suspected cases in medical institutions to achieve “early detection, early reporting, early isolation, early treatment".
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