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Take precautions against dengue fever when travelling abroad

As the dengue activity in southern Taiwan remains high, public are reminded to take anti-mosquito measures when travelling to the area and other Southeast Asian countries, in order to prevent dengue fever.

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 01/01/2015 *

 

Cumulative reported no.
of cases since 01/01/2015

Source of information and date of report

Australia

1,455

World Health Organization, 3 November 2015

Brazil

1,416,179

World Health Organization, 15 October 2015

Cambodia

12,218

World Health Organization, 3 November 2015

Guangdong

Taiwan

1,312

30,902^

Health Department of Guangdong Province, 9 October 2015
CDC, ROC (Taiwan), 6 November 2015

India

64,058

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India, 25 October 2015

Japan

251

National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, 2 November 2015

Lao PDR

1,561

World Health Organization, 3 November 2015

Malaysia

98,508

World Health Organization, 3 November 2015

Mexico

139,966

World Health Organization, 15 October 2015

Philippines

108,263

World Health Organization, 3 November 2015

Singapore

8,703

Singapore National Environment Agency, 5 November 2015

Sri Lanka

23,080

Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, 5 November 2015

Thailand

102,761

Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, 3 November 2015

Vietnam

35,235

World Health Organization, 3 November 2015

Remark:
* Dengue reporting systems vary by country.
^ Cumulative local cases since this summer

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.

 

Guinea: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 3,805 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 2,536 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 5 November 2015)

 

Sierra Leone: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Sierra Leone has reported a cumulative total of 14,104 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 3,955 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 5 November 2015)

 

Venezuela: Malaria

As of 17 October 2015, there have been 105,757 cases of malaria in Venezuela.

(Source: ProMED-mail 5 November 2015)

 

Guinea: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 3,808 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 2,536 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 2 November 2015)

 

Sierra Leone: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Sierra Leone has reported a cumulative total of 14,078 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 3,955 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 2 November 2015)

 

India: Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever

A 22-year-old man from Jamnagar in India died of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever on 20 October 2015.

(Source: ProMED-mail 2 November 2015)

 

Colombia: Zika Virus Infection

9 new cases of Zika virus infection were reported in Sincelejo, Colombia.

(Source: ProMED-mail 2 November 2015)

 

 

Last revision date: 6 November 2015