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Tokyo closes popular Yoyogi park after dengue mosquitoes found

Published on Sep 4, 2014 3:50 PM
This picture taken on Aug 28, 2014, shows a worker spraying insecticide at the Yoyogi park, one of the largest open spaces in central Tokyo, believed to be the source of the mosquito-borne dengue fever. -- PHOTO: AFP

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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