Date
22 September 2017
Mosquitoes in this MTR  construction site in Sai Ying Pun are being blamed for two confirmed cases of homegrown dengue infection. Photos: now.com
Mosquitoes in this MTR construction site in Sai Ying Pun are being blamed for two confirmed cases of homegrown dengue infection. Photos: now.com

HK reports second dengue case from homegrown mosquitoes

Hong Kong has confirmed a second case of dengue fever caused by homegrown mosquitoes, Sky Post reported Tuesday.

A 25-year-old man is receiving treatment in Hong Kong Baptist Hospital where he is in stable condition, the report said, citing Dr. TH Leung, controller of the Center for Health Protection (CHP).

Leung said the man suffered mosquito bites at a rail construction site in Sai Ying Pun district where the first patient had been infected by the dengue virus.

Leung did not rule out more such cases, saying the two infections are very similar.

Dengue is most commonly passed to humans by mosquitoes. Symptoms include headaches, rashes, lethargy and joint and bone pain.

Leung called for increased measures to eradicate mosquitos, especially at this time when they are most active.

On Wednesday, CHP will launch a hot line (2125 1122) to answer inquiries about the disease. The hotline will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

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