By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported the first local case of dengue fever of the year.
The patient is a 35-year-old man with good past health. He has developed fever, myalgia and arthralgia since October 25 and rash on October 29. He attended the Accident and Emergency Department of Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital on November 1 and was admitted for treatment on the same day. He is now in a stable condition.
Dengue was confirmed upon laboratory analysis.
Initial inquiries revealed that the patient lived in Fung Yuen Lo Tsuen in Tai Po and have stayed in Siu Sau Tsuen in Tuen Mun and the Hong Kong Police College in Wong Chuk Hang for work. He had no travel history within the incubation period.
Home contacts have remained asymptomatic so far and have been put under medical surveillance.
“We are working closely with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) to assess and prevent possible spread of infection. The FEHD’s vector investigations, surveillance and control are ongoing. Our epidemiological investigations are ongoing,” a spokesman for the CHP said.
In addition to the local case, officials have reported 180 imported cases, as compared with 141 cases recorded in the same period last year.
The imported cases were mainly from Thailand (32), Malaysia (25) and the Philippines (24).