Tokyo closes popular Yoyogi park after dengue mosquitoes found
Published on Sep 4, 2014 3:50 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - Tokyo on Thursday closed most of Yoyogi Park, a popular green spot in the Japanese metropolis, after dengue-carrying mosquitoes were found there, an official said.
The outbreak is the first in 70 years in Japan and has so far infected 55 people, including a young model who has posed for Japanese Playboy and had been sent to the park for a photo shoot.
The disease, also called "tropical 'flu'", is spread by the tiger mosquito, a species endemic to Japan.
No one has so far died in Japan from the disease, which claims scores of lives every year in other, more infected parts of the world.
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