TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

The CHP announces new cases of dengue fever in Hong Kong

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health of Hong Kong asked citizens to take precautions against dengue fever if traveling to an affected area after a confirmed imported case of dengue on Thursday.

A 34-year-old woman tested positive for dengue fever after she was admitted to Prince of Wales Hospital on October 11 for fever, runny nose, retro-orbital pain and sore throat. Her husband, also 34 years of age, has a probable case of dengue fever which is currently under investigation at the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the CHP; his wife's case was also investigated by staff at the PHLSB.

Both patients are currently stable. It is believed they contracted the dengue fever while traveling to Thailand in early October. In response to these cases, the CHP has urged those traveling to areas with known prevalence of dengue fever to take precautions against mosquito bites, which include keeping skin unexposed and sleeping in a room with a mosquito net or screen.

The CHP recommends anyone who suspects they may have contracted the virus to seek medical attention immediately. The CHP also recommends any ill persons disclose travel details with their doctor.