Yoyogi Park reopens after 57-day closure due to dengue fever


The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reopened all of Yoyogi Park, 57 days after dengue-carrying mosquitoes were found there.

Parts of the park had been off limits to the public as health workers sprayed pesticide to try to kill off the insect colony.

Officials said that with the onset of autumn, mosquitoes could not survive in the cold weather.

Dengue fever was stamped out in Japan at the end of World War II, even though its mosquito host remains endemic.

The first visitor on Friday morning at 9 a.m. when the park reopened, was a 71-year-old man walking his dog.

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As usual, one new scare (Ebola) has erased our memory of a previous one, something beginning with D....

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It's interesting that they never shut down the Harajuku Station. The OUTDOOR platform is adjacent to the Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park.

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Also interesting they never shut down Meiji Jingu Shrine, a forested area adjacent to the park. I guess they assumed the mosquitoes knew the difference between a public park and a religious landmark. LOL.

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Well it is November, so the mossies die. But I still get them buzzing around my ears at night...

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Don't think I'll be going there for a while yet.

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I don't know about you, but I find the last sentence oddly comforting. Life continues after the park closes then reopens.

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I totally have no idea what it's like in Yoyogi Park but, to my surprise, I was bitten by mosquitoes in Waseda. I wonder how they made it till November, and if they are alive in the park. Either way, they'll die out soon, nothing to worry.

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