Guangdong reports dengue surge

2016-08-16 15:18:03 GMT2016-08-16 23:18:03(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

GUANGZHOU, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Guangdong Province in south China reported 107 dengue fever cases this year as of Sunday, up nearly 60 percent from the same period a year ago, health authorities said on Tuesday.

Of those cases, 79 had caught the virus outside Guangdong, and there were no deaths, said a statement issued by the Guangdong Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission.

The provincial capital of Guangzhou saw 41 cases, the highest among 13 cities with reported cases, followed by Shenzhen and Foshan cities, both with 16 cases.

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

Local disease control authorities warned in late July that Guangdong had entered epidemic season for dengue and had a growing risk of outbreaks.

The province has seen booming trade and tourism with Southeast Asian and South American countries that have reported dengue outbreaks.