Our university has received a confirmed diagnosis of imported dengue fever on March 7. Health Center urges all students and teachers to cooperate with all anti-epidemic measures.

A person from our university has received a confirmed diagnosis of imported dengue fever on March 7. To ensure your health and prevent the epidemic from expanding, Office of Student Affairs hereby appeals to our faculty members and staffs for implementing the four-step preventive measures – “patrol the site, pour out the water, remove the container and brush the container” – in residential, office and boarding house environments. Besides, when going out, please protect yourself from the biting of mosquitoes, use anti-mosquito spray and pay attention to your physical conditions. Please also pay a great attention to your visit to Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Sri Lanka as dengue fever already appears in these regions. Let’s do a good job on preventing dengue fever together!
 
  1. Symptoms and Spread of Dengue Fever
Dengue fever is a type of acute infectious disease triggered by the dengue virus. This kind of virus can be spread to human through aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus mosquitoes; and is divided into types I, II, III and IV according to different blood serums. The classic symptoms of dengue fever are sudden high fever (38), headache, posterior orbital pain, muscle pain, joint pain and rash. Nevertheless, patients who have been infected by different types of dengue virus may have more serious clinical symptoms, such as drowsiness, restlessness, enlarged liver, severe bleeding or organ damage; and if the patient doesn’t get treatment from doctor immediately, the mortality thereof is more than 20%! If the patient’s symptoms become severer 3 to 5 days after the onset of outbreak, it is important to check if the patient suffers from severe dengue fever.
 
The incubation period of classic dengue fever is about 3 to 8 days (or maximum 14 days). 1 day before and 5 days after the onset of outbreak is known as the “infectious period”. Where the patient is bitten by the said mosquitoes during this period, these mosquitoes will spread dengue virus by biting other people.
 
  1. Prevention of Dengue Fever
(1) Personal preventive measures:
It is a must to install screen windows and doors; and hang the mosquito net above your bed when you sleep. When you are having outdoor activities, it is suggested that you can wear light-colored long sleeves and spread or spray anti-mosquito drugs or solution certified by the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) on your exposed skin areas.
 
(2) Environmental preventive measures:
Patrol and check boarding house, laboratory of office surrounding areas, remove unnecessary containers habitats inside and outside these areas. Pour out the water accumulated in containers; brush and clean the container; and throw away utensils that are no longer used.
 
3. What to do if you are infected with the dengue virus:
(1) Report your case to the Health Center
If you are suspected to have dengue symptoms or have received a confirmed diagnosis thereof, please go to the “NTU Website for Disease Control”https://my.ntu.edu.tw/ntuwdc/; select “Reporting” in the left column; register yourself by entering your account numbers and passwords; and fill in epidemic reporting data. Upon receipt of your information, Health Center will contact the reporter for health education and disease prevention related matters.
 
(2) Health Management:
The University’s faculty members, staffs and students who are infected with dengue fever must prevent themselves being bitten by mosquitoes within 5 days after the onset of outbreak. Their residence and office shall be installed with screen windows and doors; and where they sleep shall be covered with a mosquito net. The said people shall also cooperate with the health unit for an environmental investigation and spraying drugs and solutions around their living environment. Relatives, friends, classmates and colleagues thereof shall also make good anti-mosquito measures and pay attention to themselves if any symptom of dengue fever appears.
 
 
Sincerely yours,
Health Center, Office of Student Affairs
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