HK reports 5th dengue fever case
Updated at 5.25pm:
A 36-year-old Hong Kong man has contracted dengue fever following a visit to Indonesia in February, the Health Department confirmed on Friday.
A spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said the man, who lives in Tuen Mun, developed a fever and headache last Thursday.
He was now in Tuen Mun Hospital in a stable condition.
The spokesman said the patient had travelled to Indonesia between February 2 and 28.
He said another person, who had returned to Hong Kong with the man, did not show any symptoms.
The 36-year-old is the fifth case of dengue fever reported in the territory in 2006. All victims had contracted dengue fever while overseas.
The CHP spokesman urged people to be vigilant about dengue fever and to help reduce mosquito breeding.
To avoid mosquito bites, he advised people to:
- Put all used cans and bottles into dustbins with covers;
- Change water for plants at least once a week, leaving no water in saucers underneath flower pots;
- Tightly cover all water containers, wells and water storage tanks; and
- Keep all drains free from blockage.
The spokesman also urged travellers to:
- Wear long-sleeved tops and trousers;
- Use insect repellent on the exposed parts of the body; and
- Use mosquito screens or nets when rooms are not air-conditioned.
For further details, visit: http://www.travelhealth.gov.hk/eindex.html
Last year, dengue fever had infected hundreds of thousands and killed more than 1,500 across Southeast Asia in outbreaks.
Hong Kong has not reported any local cases during recent outbreaks, but authorities are concerned with the breeding of mosquitoes, which transmit dengue fever virus.
Common symptoms of dengue fever are a high fever (up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit), a severe headache, severe joint and muscle pains, nausea, vomiting and rashes.