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Take precautions against dengue fever when travelling abroad

Dengue fever is now endemic in more than 100 countries in Africa, the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific. This includes various popular tourist destinations for Hong Kong people including the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Travellers planning to travel in these areas should take precautions against the disease.

Cumulative reported number of dengue cases since 01/01/2016 *

 

Cumulative reported no.
of cases since 01/01/2016

Source of information and date of report

India

111,880

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India, 31 December 2016


Cumulative reported number of dengue cases since 01/01/2017 *

 

Cumulative reported no.
of cases since 01/01/2017

Source of information and date of report

Australia

411

World Health Organization, 25 April 2017

Brazil

70,843

World Health Organization, 20 April 2017

Cambodia

206

World Health Organization, 25 April 2017

Guangdong

20

Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province, 14 April 2017

Japan

62#

National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, 12 May 2017

Lao PDR

561

World Health Organization, 25 April 2017

Malaysia

27,405

World Health Organization, 25 April 2017

Mexico

8,222

World Health Organization, 20 April 2017

Philippines

26,433

World Health Organization, 25 April 2017

Singapore

965

Singapore National Environment Agency, 11 May 2017

Sri Lanka

43,915

Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, 9 May 2017

Taiwan

0”

CDC, ROC (Taiwan), 11 May 2017

Thailand

9,717

Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, 9 May 2017

Vietnam

12,848

World Health Organization, 25 April 2017

Remarks:
* Dengue reporting systems vary by country.
“ Locally-acquired
# Cumulative cases since 2 January 2017.

Travellers should stay vigilant against dengue fever and adopt the following personal preventive measures against mosquito bite:

* Always wear loose, light-coloured long-sleeved tops and trousers;
* Stay in air-conditioned residence or places with mosquito screens;
* If mosquito screen or air-conditioning is absent, aerosol insecticide and bed nets are advised;
* Use insect repellents containing DEET on exposed skin and clothing;
* Use insect repellents containing DEET apart from applying sunscreen while staying in beaches;
* Re-apply insect repellents according to instructions during the trip;
* Carry a portable bed nets and apply permethrin on it as well as to clothes if travelling to rural areas where dengue fever is prevalent.

Travellers returning from areas where dengue fever is prevalent should seek medical advice as soon as possible if they feel unwell and provide travel details to their doctors.


Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ebola virus disease

The World Health Organisation was informed of a cluster of undiagnosed illness and deaths in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province in the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, bordering Central African Republic. Nine suspected cases including three deaths have been reported. Of the five samples collected, one tested positive for Ebola virus. This was the eighth outbreak of Ebola virus disease since its discovery in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

(Source: Disease outbreak news, World Health Organisation 13 May 2017)

 

Mainland: Avian influenza, human [Update]

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health is monitoring notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission that 23 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in the Mainland, including seven deaths, were recorded from May 5 to 11, and strongly urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

The 13 male and 10 female patients, aged 31 to 83, had onset from April 11 to May 6, of whom five were from Hebei; three each from Henan, Shaanxi and Sichuan; two each from Beijing and Jiangsu; and one each from Fujian, Gansu, Hubei, Tianjin and Zhejiang. Among them, 20 were known to have exposure to poultry, poultry markets or mobile stalls.

(Source: Centre for Health Protection of Department of Health 12 May 2017)

 

Mainland: Zika Virus Infection

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health is closely monitoring the first imported case of Zika Virus Infection in Jiangsu, and again urged the public to adopt strict anti-mosquito measures and safe sex during travel. Pregnant women and those planning pregnancy should not travel to Zika-affected areas.

The female patient, aged 28, returned from Ecuador and arrived at Jiangsu on April 28. She reported that she had developed symptoms including skin rash, fever, joint pain and conjunctivitis during the trip. The urine specimen of the patient tested positive for Zika virus. The patient has already been discharged from hospital.

(Source: Centre for Health Protection of Department of Health 12 May 2017)

 

Nigeria: Meningococcal meningitis [Update]

At the end of April 2017, Nigeria has reported 9,646 suspected cases of meningococcal meningitis (serogroup C), including 839 deaths. This is the largest outbreak in the past 9 years.

(Source: ProMED-mail 10 May 2017)

 

Portugal: Hepatitis A among MSM

Outbreaks of hepatitis A among men who have sex with men (MSM) were reported in Portugal. Since the beginning of 2017, 242 cases were registered.

(Source: ProMED-mail 10 May 2017)

 

 

Last revision date: 02 May 2017