South China's Guangdong Province had reported 23 cases of dengue fever by July 16, according to sources with the Guangdong Provincial Health Department.
All of the cases were reported in Guangzhou, capital of the province.
The main symptoms of dengue fever, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, are high fever, muscle pain and headache.
Local government and health departments have adopted a series of measures to eliminate Aedes mosquito breeding grounds and publicize methods for preventing the disease from spreading in the region.
(Xinhua News Agency Daily July 18, 2003)