Shenzhen's exit-entry inspection and quarantine bureau issued a dengue fever warning to outbound travelers who are planning to visit Southeast Asian countries during the upcoming "Golden Week" holiday.
The bureau warned that high-risk areas include Jakarta in Indonesia and Malaysia.
"Jakarta has seen an outbreak in dengue fever recently, and at least 135 communities have been included in dengue fever prevention plan," said Liu Weihe, a spokesman for the bureau.
He said more than 10,942 dengue cases were reported in the Indonesian capital during the past four months, and 41 died of the disease.
"The epidemic is also reported in Malaysia, a popular travel destination for Shenzhen residents," he said, adding that 13 Malaysians were killed by the disease.
The bureau warned that the seven-day May Day holiday was a high-risk period when mosquito breeding, a pathogenic source of dengue, reaches a peak in Southeast Asian countries.
Further information can be obtained from the bureau by calling 8377-4007.
(Shenzhen Daily April 25, 2007)