Dengue cases up in SW China prefecture

August 29, 2015 5:30 am 

KUNMING, Aug. 27 — Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Yunnan Province has seen a surge in dengue fever cases, with 12 reported since the prefecture's first case of the year on July 13.

Seven of the 12 most recent cases were reported during the past week and these patients are still hospitalized, said the information office of the prefecture. The other five recent patients have recovered and been discharged, it said.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne, potentially fatal disease that mainly affects people in tropical and subtropical regions every summer, causing fever, nausea, vomiting and muscle and joint aches.

An emergency response has been launched and various measures taken for treatment of the patients as well as disease prevention and control, the information office said.

Last year, china reported about 46,000 dengue cases compared to around 1,000 in previous years, mostly in south china. (PNA/Xinhua)

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