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Health alert issued over dengue fever

09-21-2010 10:43 BJT

GUANGZHOU - Health authorities in South China's Guangdong province have warned of a possible outbreak of dengue fever after a local city reported 11 cases of the disease last week.

Local health authorities in Guangzhou and other cities co-hosting the upcoming Asian Games, including Dongguan, Foshan and Shanwei, were asked to more closely monitor the disease, according to sources at the provincial health department.

"As the Asian Games approach, we should prevent the disease from spreading and provide a safe, healthy environment throughout the Games," said He Jianfeng, director of the research institute at the Guangdong provincial disease prevention and control center.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne infection that causes a severe flu-like illness that can develop into dengue hemorrhagic fever, which is potentially life-threatening.

The peak season for dengue fever in the province is usually September and October, He said.

The Asian Games are scheduled to take place in Guangzhou, the provincial capital city, in November.

The warning was issued after 11 cases of dengue fever were reported last Friday in an urban village of Dongguan.

A local resident was diagnosed with the disease on July 22 after suffering from recurrent fever and pain following a trip to Singapore and Malaysia. Ten further cases were reported in the same neighborhood.

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