The Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) has revealed that two of their talents have contracted dengue fever. 25-year-old Aoki Eri and 20-year-old Saaya reportedly contracted the mosquito borne virus appearing on location for “King’s Brunch” at Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park on August 21st, according to a One Hally U post Monday.
The two models are the latest victims of dengue fever that has been spreading in Japan. The latest total number of locally acquired dengue fever cases in Japan is now up to 34 since the first case was reported on Aug. 27. It is believed the cases are linked to mosquitoes at Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park.
None of the infected have been out of the country, thus acquired the mosquito borne virus in Japan. Japanese officials have begun spraying for mosquitoes in the Central Tokyo park in an effort to eliminate the dengue vector.
About 200 people come down with dengue fever in Japan every year, but they are believed to have contracted the virus while traveling overseas. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page
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.
There are three types of dengue fever in order of less severe to most: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS). Looking for a job in health care? Check here to see what’s available
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year. However, new research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.