Japan sees 1st local dengue case in over 60 years

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in more than 60 years.

The ministry says the case occurred in Saitama, a prefecture adjacent to Tokyo. Local media reports say the patient was a teen-aged girl who has recovered.

Japan sees dozens of imported cases of dengue fever each year, mostly tourists who catch the illness while traveling in tropical regions. The disease, which is transmitted by mosquito, was common in Japan just after World War II but was locally eradicated for decades.

Dengue causes symptoms including fever, severe joint pain and headaches. There is no treatment.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday that the news was not cause for alarm because the illness is not transmitted directly from person to person.

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