TOKYO: A worsening outbreak of dengue fever in Japan has claimed its first celebrities – two young models sent on assignment to the Tokyo park believed to be its source.
The details emerged as the government said yesterday that at least 34 people had since caught the disease, which has not been seen in Japan for seven decades apart from cases contracted overseas.
The two women – Saaya, 20, and Eri Aoki, 25 – were sent to Yoyogi Park last month for the Saturday variety show on which they appear, the Nikkan Sports said.
A few days later, both came down with a temperature.
Saaya, whose swimsuit pictures have made her a favourite in the Japanese Playboy, blogged about her high fever last Wednesday before news of the dengue outbreak spread. — AFP