Nineteen more people were confirmed by health authorities on Monday to have contracted dengue fever, following the first confirmed cases of domestic infection in Japan since 1945.malaria

The report brought the total number to 22 and none of them had recently travelled abroad. But all of them recently spent time in Yoyogi Park in central Tokyo and are believed to have been bitten there by mosquitoes bearing the virus. The disease is not transmitted directly from person to person.

None of the affected residents are in serious condition, the officials said.

The Tokyo metropolitan government sprayed insecticides in areas of the park Thursday in an effort to eradicate mosquitoes.

Last week a teenage girl became the first person to contract the fever in Japan in nearly 70 years. Infection has been also confirmed in two others, both in their 20s.

Around 200 Japanese are infected with the disease annually while travelling abroad, the ministry said.

Dengue causes a flu-like illness, including headaches, fever and joint pains, according to the UN’s World Health Organization. There is no cure.

The disease is endemic in more than 100 countries, and causes an estimated 50 to 100 million infections worldwide every year.





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