Dengue fever is an acute mosquito-borne infection caused by the dengue viruses. This is found in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world. For instance, dengue fever is an endemic illness in many countries in South East Asia. The dengue viruses encompass 4 different serotypes, each of which can lead to dengue fever and severe dengue (also known as 'dengue haemorrhagic fever').
Dengue fever is clinically characterised by high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph nodes and rash. Some infected people may not develop apparent symptoms, and some may only have mild symptoms like fever, e.g. young children may exhibit a milder non-specific febrile illness with rash.
The incubation period of dengue fever ranges from 3 – 14 days, commonly 4 – 7 days. Travellers who return from affected areas and feel unwell should seek medical advice promptly, and provide travel details to doctor.
For details, please refer to the factsheet of Dengue fever
The Centre for Health Protection has set up a hotline (2125 1122) for dengue fever (DF). Persons who have been to the vicinity of Wong Tai Sin (particularly Lion Rock Park), Kwai Shing West Estate, Clear Water Bay Second Beach, Cheung Chau (Hillside Road, Tsan Tuen Road, Fa Peng Road, San Hing Street, Cheung Chau Sai Tai Road, Lung Tsai Tsuen, Xavier House, Sai Wan Road, Tung Loi Court and Cheung Chau Peak Road) and Charming Garden with DF symptoms should call the hotline. The hotline will operate from 9:00 am to 5:45 pm Monday to Friday to receive enquiries.