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Japan confirms first dengue fever infections in 70 years

Published on Aug 28, 2014 3:12 PM
 
Japanese health officials said on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014, that three young people have contracted dengue fever, the first such infections in the country in nearly 70 years. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese health officials said on Thursday that three young people have contracted dengue fever, the first such infections in the country in nearly 70 years.

The three are suspected of having contracted the disease when they were bitten by mosquitos in Yoyogi Park in central Tokyo, officials said.

The patients - a man in his 20s in Tokyo, as well as a teen and woman in her 20s in Saitama Prefecture north of the capital - go to the same educational institution in Tokyo. None of them are in a life-threatening condition, officials said.

The last domestic infection of dengue fever was in 1945, although there are around 200 cases annually among those who have travelled abroad, mainly in South-east Asia.

 
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