Date
20 November 2017
Dengue fever is caused by a certain type of mosquito and can cause high fever, headaches and  bleeding.  Photo: novel520.net
Dengue fever is caused by a certain type of mosquito and can cause high fever, headaches and bleeding. Photo: novel520.net

Hong Kong issues dengue alert after Guangzhou outbreak

Hong Kong has issued a medical alert after an outbreak of dengue fever in Guangzhou, according to a statement on the government website.

The government received notification from health authorities in Guangdong province about the outbreak in Dagang, Nansha district.

Forty six cases have been reported in the area since July 11 but there have been no deaths.

“We are maintaining close liaison with the health authority of Guangdong to monitor the situation,” a spokesman for Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection said.

Dengue fever is an acute infectious disease mainly caused by mosquitoes. It can cause high fever, headaches and bleeding.

Guangzhou confirmed this year’s first dengue case on June 29 and another 14 subsequently, mainly in Yuexiu and Panyu districts. No new cases have been reported.

In Panyu, the outbreak prompted health authorities to quarantine entire neighborhoods to prevent its spread.

Last year, Guangzhou reported nearly 1,000 dengue cases.

Panyu is a popular tourist destination for Hong Kong tourists. They have been advised to take extra precautions.

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