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Dengue Fever in Japan (Update)

30 Sep 2014

Further cases of dengue fever have been reported in Japan. It has been 70 years since dengue fever was reported in Japan and the first cases were reported in late August 2014. A total of 144 case have been reported. The source of infection has been identified as several parks in Tokyo and these are currently being disinfected.

Yoyogi Park and Shinjuku Central Park have been closed and restrictions have been placed on Aoyama Park, Sotobori Park and Meiji Jingu Gaien Park. The media has reported Nakameguro park, located in the Meguro district close to several embassies, is infected after a man who recently visited the park was diagnosed with dengue fever.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.