After a period of some 70 years, local transmission of dengue fever has returned to Japan. In a follow-up to a report yesterday, Japanese health officials are reporting an additional 12 indigenous cases in individuals who reside in Tokyo, Osaka, Aomori and Yamanashi prefectures, according to an Asahi Shimbun report today.
Like all the previous 22 dengue cases, the new dozen cases have not traveled abroad and all have visited Yoyogi Park in Shibuya Ward and its vicinity.
Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.
People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is not contagious from person to person. For more infectious disease news andinformation, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page
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