The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is investigating an imported case of dengue fever today (January 9) and urged members of the public to guard against the disease.
The patient, a 31-year-old woman living in Tuen Mun, developed symptoms of fever, headache, rash, muscle and joint pain on January 2. She was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital on January 6 and is now in a stable condition. Investigations revealed that she had travelled to Malaysia from December 24 to 31 last year. Her companions did not show any symptoms.
This is the first imported dengue fever reported in 2007. There were 31 cases in 2006 and all of them are classified as imported cases.
A spokesman for CHP said it was essential that people stayed alert to the threat of dengue fever and helped in the reduction of mosquito breeding.
To avoid mosquito bites, they should:
* Put all used cans and bottles into dustbins with covers;
* Change water for plants at least once a week, leaving no water in the saucers underneath flower pots;
* Cover tightly all water containers, wells and water storage tanks; and
* Keep all drains free from blockage.
Travellers should take the following preventive measures:
* Wear long-sleeved tops and trousers;
* Use insect repellent on the exposed parts of the body; and
* Use mosquito screens or nets when rooms are not air-conditioned.
Anyone feeling unwell after returning from their trip should consult a doctor as soon as possible and provide details of their travel to the doctor.