The first locally-contracted case of dengue in Hong Kong was confirmed by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) this week. The patient, a 79-year-old woman from Shelley Street in Central, was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital on August 25 after developing a skin rash. Blood tests on Monday evening tested positive for the disease.
According to the CHP, the patient had not travelled abroad recently, however it is understood that she often visits the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. The CHP is conducting site visits and field investigations in the areas the patient had recently visited. They are urging anyone experiencing possible dengue symptoms who has been in the vicinity of Shelley Street and the Zoological and Botanical Gardens to contact the hotline on 2125 2266. Symptoms of the disease include sudden, high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and skin rash.
To date, 81 cases of dengue fever have been confirmed in Hong Kong in 2016. Of those, 79 were confirmed to be imported cases, while one case is still under review, as it is not clear whether the patient contracted the disease at the Zoological and Botanical gardens, or on a trip to mainland China.
The CHP has repeated its advice to members of the public to be thorough in their environmental hygiene, and take adequate mosquito protection measures both locally and while travelling. Anyone feeling unwell after returning from a trip is advised to see a doctor as soon as they can.