Locally acquired cases of dengue fever in Japan

by Wayne Ghesquiere on September 12, 2014

Since August 26, 2014, Japan’s Ministry of Health has confirmed 80 locally acquired cases of dengue fever.  These are the first locally acquired cases since 1945, cases have mainly been reported from visitors to Yoyogi Park.  Yoyogi Park, Shinjuku  Central Park, and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden are currently closed.

Dengue fever is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.  These mosquitoes are day time biters; there is no vaccine to prevent you from dengue fever.  Travellers are advised to practice daytime insect precautions.

It is recommended to seek travel health advise a minimum of 4-6 weeks before departure (if possible).  Travel consultations will cover all immunizations, precautions and education for a safe and healthy trip!  Contact the Nova Travel Medicine & Immunization Clinic.

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