A total of 6,089 dengue cases have been reported in China’s southern Guangdong province since May, Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday, citing local authorities.
The provincial capital Guangzhou was hit hardest by the virus, with 5,190 cases reported there as of Monday, including two deaths, the provincial disease control and prevention center was quoted as saying.
Foshan City, which neighbors Guangzhou, reported 622 cases. The remaining cases were reported in the cities of Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhuhai.
Infections during overseas travel and the rains this year contributed to the dengue outbreak, Yang Zhicong, deputy director of the Guangzhou municipal disease control and prevention center, was quoted as saying.
The public’s indifference to mosquito eradication has also prompted the outbreak, he said.
Figures from the center show that due to high temperatures and rainy weather in Guangdong, the mosquito population is five times the normal level.
The center has ordered all people to stay alert ahead of the Oct. 1 National Day holiday.
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