Dengue strikes again: Hong Kong woman is confirmed to be third local case this year

Like the other two people whose cases originated locally, she resides in Central and Western district

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 September, 2016, 8:45am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 September, 2016, 2:33pm

For the third time this year, a Hong Kong resident was locally infected by the mosquito-borne dengue virus.

The 40-year-old woman had an underlying illness and lives at Panorama residential estate on Conduit Road in Mid-Levels. She developed fever, headache, muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhoea on August 27.

She was admitted at Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai on August 29 and was in stable condition throughout her hospitalisation. She was discharged on Tuesday.

A blood test confirmed she had been infected by the dengue virus.

The Centre for Health Protection said the woman did not travel abroad recently and classified the case as local.

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Her home is located about 600 metres west of the Zoological and Botanical Gardens, which was frequented by the other two people who were reported infected this year. The cases were confirmed on August 6 and 29 and the two resided nearby on Caine Road and Shelley Street respectively.

During the incubation period of her infection, the woman was said to have visited Graham Street market almost daily using the Central-Mid-Levels escalator and walkway system.

People residing with her were said to be asymptomatic.

The centre is to conduct a site visit and field investigations at her residential estate to look for active cases and arrange blood tests.

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It called on people with dengue symptoms who had passed through or near Conduit Road, Central-Mid-Levels escalator and walkway system, Shelley Street, the Zoological and Botanical Gardens, and Graham Street market to call its hotline at 2125 2266. The hotline operates Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.

To date, 87 dengue cases have been confirmed in Hong Kong this year, with 84 originating overseas.

Last year, the city had 114 cases, of which two were local, 110 imported and two unclassified.