A case of locally-acquired dengue fever, involving a 46-year-old man, was confirmed in Hong Kong, which was the first local case in seven years, the centre for Health Protection under the city’s Department of Health said Wednesday.
A spokesman with the centre for Health Protection said the Department of Health was highly concerned about this case of locally-acquired dengue fever infection since the last local dengue fever outbreak in Hong Kong occurred in 2002.
“We are working with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department closely to make an all-out effort to assess if there is any spread of the infection, contain the infection and prevent the spread,” he said.
“At the interdepartmental meeting this afternoon, we solicited support from the Hospital Authority and various government departments on prevention and control of dengue fever, including active case findings and vector control.”
The spokesman stressed that mosquito control is an important measure to prevent the spread of dengue fever. Hong Kong residents are urged to actively participate in the elimination of mosquito breeding sites.
“Whether in Hong Kong or visiting dengue fever endemic areas, the public should take mosquito preventive measures,” he said.
A total of 61 cases of dengue fever has been reported to the centre for Health Protection in Hong Kong so far this year. And there were 43 cases in 2009 and all of them were classified as imported.