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Travel Health News(14 April 2015 - 20 April 2015)

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 01/01/2015 *

 

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

Source of information and date of report

Australia

668

World Health Organization, 8 April 2015

Brazil

224,101

World Health Organization, 14 April 2015

Cambodia

312

World Health Organization, 8 April 2015

Guangdong

Taiwan

24

166

Department of Health of Guangdong Province, 15 April 2015
CDC, ROC (Taiwan), 20 April 2015

India

2,482

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India, 28 March 2015

Japan

61

National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, 14 April 2015

Lao PDR

124

World Health Organization, 8 April 2015

Malaysia

30,890

World Health Organization, 8 April 2015

Mexico

13,164

World Health Organization, 8 April 2015

Philippines

16,328

World Health Organization, 8 April 2015

Singapore

2,480

Singapore National Environment Agency, 17 April 2015

Sri Lanka

12,258

Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, 17 April 2015

Thailand

7,281

Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, 17 April 2015

Vietnam

5,263

World Health Organization, 8 April 2015

Remark:
* Dengue reporting systems vary by country.

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.

 

Canada: Avian Influenza, poultry

An outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza has been confirmed in a chicken breeding farm in Oxford County, Ontario, Canada.

(Source: ProMED-mail 19 April 2015)

 

Burkina Faso: Avian Influenza, poultry

An outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza has been confirmed in Burkina Faso with over 202,000 deaths of chicken reported.

(Source: ProMED-mail 19 April 2015)

 

USA: Pertussis

Public health officials are investigating several cases of pertussis that have occurred in Transylvania County of North Carolina, USA in recent months. Five cases have been confirmed since January this year.

(Source: ProMED-mail 18 April 2015)

 

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome [Update]

The Department of Health (DH) is today (April 17) closely monitoring four additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), including two deaths, reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), and hence called on the public to stay alert and maintain good personal, food and environmental hygiene during travel.

(Source: The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health 17 April 2015)

 

USA: Avian Influenza, poultry

Outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza have been reported from Wisconsin counties affecting turkey and poultry as well as from turkey farms in Minnesota, USA.

(Source: ProMED-mail 18&19 April 2015)

 

Guinea: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 3,569 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 2,351 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 17 April 2015)

 

Sierra Leone: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Sierra Leone has reported a cumulative total of 12,244 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 3,865 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 17 April 2015)

 

Bhutan: Avian Influenza, bird

The official in Bhutan reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza virus infection which caused the death of 16 birds in Thimphu.

(Source: World Organisation for Animal Health 16 April 2015)

 

Guinea: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 3,548 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 2,346 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 15 April 2015)

 

Liberia: Ebola virus disease [Update]

The total number of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in Liberia is 10,042 including 4,486 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 15 April 2015)

 

Sierra Leone: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Sierra Leone has reported a cumulative total of 12,201 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 3,857 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 15 April 2015)

 

Nepal: Rabies

A 49-year-old man from Makwanpur district of Nepal who has been bitten by a stray dog contracted rabies.

(Source: ProMED-mail 15 April 2015)

 

India: Avian Influenza, poultry

An outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus infection was reported in Telangana of India.

(Source: ProMED-mail 14 April 2015)

 

Palestinian Authority: Avian Influenza, poultry

An outbreak of high pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus infection was reported in Gaza Strip of Palestinian Authority. Samples taken from chickens and waterfowl were found positive for H5N1.

(Source: ProMED-mail 14 April 2015)

 

Singapore: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease [Update]

Singapore has reported more than 4,000 cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease during January and February 2015.

(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 13 April 2015)

 

USA: Hantavirus infection

A 36-year-old resident of Colorado, USA died on 6 April 2015 of hantavirus infection.

(Source: ProMED-mail 13 April 2015)

 

Egypt: Avian Influenza, human

In Egypt, as of 6 April 2015, the Ministry of Health and Population has reported 134 human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1), including 38 deaths.

(Source: ProMED-mail 13 April 2015)

 

Guinea: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 3,541 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 2,342 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 13 April 2015)

 

Sierra Leone: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Sierra Leone has reported a cumulative total of 12,188 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 3,854 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 13 April 2015)

 

USA: Avian Influenza, poultry

The USA Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza outbreaks in commercial turkey flocks in Minnesota.

(Source: ProMED-mail 12 April 2015)

 

USA: Pertussis

As many as 63 cases of pertussis in children have been reported recently by health department in Utah, USA.

(Source: ProMED-mail 12 April 2015)

 

Peru: Yellow fever

As of 28 March 2015, 9 cases of Sylvan yellow fever were reported in the following regions including Loreto, Pasco, Piura, Puno and San Martin of Peru.

(Source: ProMED-mail 11 April 2015)

 

Canada: Measles [Update]

An 11th case of measles has been reported on 10 April 2015 in Metro Vancouver of British Columbia, Canada.

(Source: ProMED-mail 11 April 2015)

 

Mainland: Avian Influenza, human

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (April 10) received notification of 13 additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) with onset of symptoms between 14 February and 21 March from the National Health and Family Planning Commission, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

(Source: The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health 10 April 2015)

 

Canada: Avian Influenza, poultry

An outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza has been confirmed in a turkey farm near Beachville, Ontario, Canada.

(Source: ProMED-mail 10 April 2015)

 

 

Last revision date: 20 April 2015