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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

1,305

World Health Organization, 22 September 2015

Brazil

1,390,779

World Health Organization, 25 September 2015

Cambodia

5,274

World Health Organization, 22 September 2015

Guangdong

Taiwan

791

22,180^

Health Department of Guangdong Province, 21 September 2015
CDC, ROC (Taiwan), 9 October 2015

India

27,676

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India, 20 September 2015

Japan

218

National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, 6 October 2015

Lao PDR

1,183

World Health Organization, 22 September 2015

Malaysia

85,488

World Health Organization, 22 September 2015

Mexico

125,199

World Health Organization, 25 September 2015

Philippines

65,421

World Health Organization, 22 September 2015

Singapore

7,757

Singapore National Environment Agency, 8 October 2015

Sri Lanka

21,381

Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, 7 October 2015

Thailand

86,460

Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, 7 October 2015

Vietnam

36,097

World Health Organization, 22 September 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.

 

Pakistan: Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever

A case of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever was reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. The patient is a butcher.

(Source: ProMED-mail 10 October 2015)

 

Philippines: Japanese Encephalitis

7 cases of Japanese Encephalitis have been reported in the Cordillera region of Philippines.

(Source: ProMED-mail 9 October 2015)

 

Venezuela: Malaria

So far this year, there have been 88,000 cases of malaria in Venezuela.

(Source: ProMED-mail 9 October 2015)

 

Guinea: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 3,800 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 2,534 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 9 October 2015)

 

Sierra Leone: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Sierra Leone has reported a cumulative total of 13,957 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 3,955 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 9 October 2015)

 

Portugal: Botulism

4 confirmed cases of food-borne botulism have been reported in Portugal.

[Editor's note: Food-borne botulism is caused by ingestion of preformed toxins, which are produced by Clostridium botulinum, presented in the contaminated food. The features of the illness include marked fatigue, weakness, blurred vision, dry mouth, difficulty in swallowing and speaking. Vomiting, constipation or diarrhoea may occur. Paralysis of breathing muscles can cause stopping of breathing and death.]

(Source: ProMED-mail 9 October 2015)

 

Guinea: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 3,799 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 2,534 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 8 October 2015)

 

Sierra Leone: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Sierra Leone has reported a cumulative total of 13,956 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 3,955 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 8 October 2015)

 

Pakistan: Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever

A total of 15 fatal cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever were reported across Pakistan this year.

(Source: ProMED-mail 7 October 2015)

 

Nepal: Scrub Typhus

8 fatal cases of scrub typhus have been reported in Nepal this year.

(Source: ProMED-mail 6 October 2015)

 

 

Last revision date: 12 October 2015