Authorities say exceptionally wet weather in places like Guangzhou have fueled the outbreak
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An outbreak of dengue fever in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong has killed six people and infected thousands more, state media report.
Provincial health authorities said that as of early Tuesday, more than 23,000 had been infected.
State news agency Xinhua said the outbreak is believed to be the worst in China for 20 years.
The tropical disease, which is spread by mosquitoes, causes high fever and severe joint pain.
Chinese authorities have attributed the outbreak to high temperatures and wet weather, and increasing travel to dengue-prevalent places.
The number of mosquitoes is also said to have increased five-fold.
The outbreak is also thought to have been exacerbated by the week-long holiday celebrating China’s National Day. Daily health reports indicate that there are more than 1,000 new infections a day.