Hong Kong: Imported Case Of Dengue Fever Confirmed
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health urged people to guard against dengue fever following the confirmation of an imported case by laboratory test.
The case involved a 25-year-old man who went to the Philippines with his wife and daughter between August 23 and 25. He developed symptoms of dengue fever including fever, and malaise on August 31. He was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital on September 1 and is now in stable condition.
His family members did not have similar symptoms.
A total of 28 cases of imported dengue fever have been reported to the CHP so far this year. 58 cases were reported in 2007 and all of them were classified as imported cases.
A spokesman for CHP urged the public to stay alert to the threat of dengue fever and to help prevent mosquito breeding by taking the following measures:
* Put all used cans and bottles into dustbins with covers;
* Change water for plants at least once a week, leaving no water in the saucers underneath flower pots;
* Tightly cover all water containers, wells and water storage tanks, and
* Keep all drains free from blockage.
Travellers should take the following preventive measures:
* 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.
Anyone feeling unwell after returning from their trip should consult a doctor as soon as possible and provide details of their travel to the doctor.