The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Thursday that the number of people who have contracted dengue fever stands at 104 in 15 prefectures. The ministry said eight new cases were confirmed on Thursday, TBS reported.
Health officials said the latest cases were most likely caused by mosquitoes in Tokyo's Yoyogi park where the virus is believed to have originated last month. However, of the total number of infected cases, at least six people said they had not been to Yoyogi Park recently, TBS reported.
The health and environment ministries, as well as the Tokyo metropolitan government are working together to eradicate mosquitoes from several parks in Tokyo. Traps have also been set up to catch mosquitoes in order to track the spread of the virus, TBS reported.© Japan Today