Date
26 September 2017
Dengue fever does not result from contact with an infected person but is transmitted through mosquito bites. Photo: AFP
Dengue fever does not result from contact with an infected person but is transmitted through mosquito bites. Photo: AFP

Holiday travelers warned on dengue fever outbreak

Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection has issued a dengue fever warning to people traveling to southern China’s Guangdong province and other Asian destinations during the upcoming national day holiday, Apple Daily reported on Friday.

Health officials have reported 68 dengue fever cases in the city this year, two imported from Guangdong and the rest from Southeast Asian countries, including Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

Dr. Leung Ting-hung, the center’s controller, said the disease does not spread from human to human and is only transmitted through mosquito bites. He advised travelers to take appropriate measures when traveling.

Meanwhile, the number of dengue fever cases in Guangdong has surged to 8,273 as of Thursday, up 791 from the previous day or 13 times the number a year earlier.

Three deaths have been confirmed, am730 reported, citing the provincial health authority.

Guangzhou has been hit hardest with 6,986 cases, or 84 percent of the cases in the province, while Foshan followed with 883 cases, the report said.

He Jianfeng, director of the Institute of Epidemic Disease Control and Research under the Guangdong Disease Control Center, said the outbreak was the most severe in nearly 20 years.

The Hong Kong government will hold an inter-department meeting next week to discuss ways to prevent the outbreak spreading in the territory, the report said.

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