The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of HealthSaturday received notification from the health authority of Macau concerning a locally acquired case of dengue fever in Macau.

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A CHP spokesman said that according to the information from the health authority of Macau, the local case of dengue fever reported in Macau involves a 82-year-old woman who had no travel history during the incubation period.

“We will continue to closely monitor the latest situation of dengue fever in Macau,” a spokesman for CHP said.  The spokesman urged travellers to take the following preventive measures against dengue fever, which include wearing loose, light-colored, long-sleeved tops and trousers; using DEET-containing insect repellent on exposed parts of the body and clothing; and using mosquito screens or nets in rooms that are not air-conditioned.

The CHP recommends anyone feeling unwell after returning from a trip should seek medical advice as soon as possible and provide travel details to their doctor.

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 and informationvisit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

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.

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