Hong Kong's CHP confirms dengue fever case

Hong Kong's CHP confirms dengue fever case. | Courtesy of Shutterstock
The Center for Health Protection (CHP) of Hong Kong reported a laboratory-confirmed case of dengue fever this week.

The individual reported symptoms including a rash, headache, myalgia and fever on Nov. 29. A blood sample was later determined positive for the first serotype of the dengue virus. According to the report on Dec. 3, the patient is in stable condition and associated contacts remain symptom-free.

"The CHP immediately commenced epidemiological investigations and promptly informed the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) for vector investigation and mosquito control,” Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan, consultant of community medicine for the CHP, said. “The CHP's investigations and health education in the vicinity where the patient frequented are proceeding."

The CHP continues its recommendation of environmental hygiene practices, personal protection measures and mosquito control activity.

The CHP encourages travelers to wear clothing that covers a majority of the body with long sleeves and pants and to apply insect repellent on exposed skin. The CHP also warns that people should avoid fragrances and other skin care products.

Mosquito prevent activities include changing vase water and clearing any standing water and covering water containers.

Currently, there is no vaccine for the virus.

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