MOSCOW, October 15 (RIA Novosti) - The Wei Planning Commission in China's Guangdong Province has released its latest report on dengue fever confirming 1,380 new cases of the disease, China News reported Wednesday.
The total number of those infected with the disease in the province's 20 prefecture-level cities now equals 33,793.
The epidemic is most severe in the province's capital city of Guangzhou, which now has 28,477 reported cases of dengue fever and as a result of a new daily rate of about 1,000 cases, can expect to reach 30,000 cases soon, according to China News.
According to the unified deployment of Guangdong Province and Guangzhou City, the recent outbreak of dengue fever has grown serious in the Baiyun District, where the province has focused its ongoing efforts to curb the spread of the epidemic through clean-up operations targeting mosquitoes suspected of spreading the illness.
Vice Governor of Guangdong Province, Lin Shaochu said that the province needs to focus on cleaning and disinfecting neighborhoods, schools, institutions and other key areas to ensure the disease does not spread further, according to the newspaper.
So far, six people have died in Guangdong, with five deaths in Guangzhou and one in Foshan City.
The province saw 1,552 new cases of dengue on Saturday and 910 new cases on Sunday, the first time in a month that the number of new cases was under 1,000.
Some 23 provinces or regions of China including Zhejiang, Fujian, Yunnan and Guangxi have identified dengue infections this year.
Dengue fever can be caused by any one of four related viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. In September, China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claimed that the country's mosquitoes, whose number is five times larger than usual, are to blame for the outbreak of the fever, though some other researchers stated that rainy weather had also contributed. The illness includes symptoms such as fever, headaches, vomiting and muscle pain and be fatal if left untreated however there are no vaccines to prevent or treat dengue. The illness cannot be directly transmitted from person to person.