An imported case of dengue fever
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health urged members of the public to guard against dengue fever following the confirmation of an imported case by laboratory test.
The patient, a 29-year-old woman living in North Point, developed symptoms of fever, muscle pain and bone pain and loss of appetite since February 22. She consulted a private doctor on February 27 and has recovered. No hospitalization was required.
CHP's investigations revealed that she had travelled to Indonesia from February 15 to 25. Her family member did not have any symptoms of dengue fever.
This is the fourth imported dengue fever reported in 2007. There were 31 cases in 2006 and all of them were classified as imported cases.
A spokesman for CHP urged members of the public to stay alert to the threat of dengue fever and help preventing 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;
* Cover tightly 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.