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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

1,393

World Health Organization, 20 October 2015

Brazil

1,416,179

World Health Organization, 15 October 2015

Cambodia

5,274

World Health Organization, 20 October 2015

Guangdong

Taiwan

791

28,744^

Health Department of Guangdong Province, 21 September 2015
CDC, ROC (Taiwan), 30 October 2015

India

64,058

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

Japan

245

National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, 27 October 2015

Lao PDR

1,456

World Health Organization, 20 October 2015

Malaysia

96,222

World Health Organization, 20 October 2015

Mexico

139,966

World Health Organization, 15 October 2015

Philippines

108,263

World Health Organization, 20 October 2015

Singapore

8,431

Singapore National Environment Agency, 29 October 2015

Sri Lanka

22,432

Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, 29 October 2015

Thailand

98,403

Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, 28 October 2015

Vietnam

39,547

World Health Organization, 20 October 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.

 

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

Between 17 and 24 October 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 12 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death.

(Source: World Health Organization 29 October 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 29 October 2015)

 

Sierra Leone: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Sierra Leone has reported a cumulative total of 14,066 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 3,955 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 29 October 2015)

 

Laos: Poliomyelitis

On 8 October 2015, the government of Laos notified the World Health Organization of a case of polio.

(Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 28 October 2015)

 

South Sudan: Leishmaniasis

Over 150 fatal cases of Leishmaniasis have been reported in South Sudan.

(Source: ProMED-mail 28 October 2015)

 

Guinea: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 3,804 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 2,535 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 26 October 2015)

 

Sierra Leone: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Sierra Leone has reported a cumulative total of 14,052 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 3,955 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 26 October 2015)

 

Bulgaria: Chickenpox

Between 8 and 22 October 2015, 46 cases of chickenpox have been reported in Plovdiv Province of Bulgaria.

(Source: ProMED-mail 25 October 2015)

 

Brazil: Leishmaniasis

As of 20 October 2015, 181 confirmed cases of Leishmaniasis have been reported in Brazil this year.

(Source: ProMED-mail 24 October 2015)

 

 

Last revision date: 30 October 2015