Dengue outbreak affects at least 22 in Japan: government

Dengue outbreak affects at least 22 in Japan: government
An outbreak of dengue fever in Japan -- the first since World War II -- has affected at least 22 people, the government said on Monday, with all cases believed to be linked to a Tokyo park.
The health ministry said 19 new infections have been confirmed since last week.

All are believed to have visited Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park or its environs, one of the major green lungs of the metropolis, popular with residents and tourists alike.

The park, one of the largest open spaces in central Tokyo, is believed to be the source of the mosquito-borne disease.

The first three sufferers, who were found to be infected last week, had also visited the park, where Tokyo officials have now sprayed about 800 litres (210 US gallons) of pesticide in a bid to kill off the insect colony.

None of those found to have contracted dengue had travelled overseas recently, the health ministry said. None is in a life-threatening condition, officials have said.

The last domestic infection of dengue fever was in 1945, although there are around 200 cases annually among Japanese who have travelled abroad, mainly in Southeast Asia.


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