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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 01/01/2019 *

 

Cumulative reported no.
of cases since 01/01/2019

Source of information and date of report

Australia

1,217

World Health Organization, 7 November 2019

Brazil

2,070,170

World Health Organization, 21 November 2019

Guangdong, China

5,315

Health Commission of Guangdong Province, 15 November 2019

India

91,457

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India, 31 October 2019

Japan

416^

National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, 19 November 2019

Lao PDR

33,728

World Health Organization, 7 November 2019

Malaysia

110,399

World Health Organization, 7 November 2019

Mexico

227,119

World Health Organization, 21 November 2019

The Philippines

371,717

World Health Organization, 7 November 2019

Singapore

14,550@

Singapore National Environment Agency, 21 November 2019

Sri Lanka

73,399

Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, 21 November 2019

Taiwan, China

591

Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, 21 November 2019

Thailand

116,462

Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, 19 November 2019

Vietnam

124,751

World Health Organization, 7 November 2019

* Dengue reporting systems vary by country/area.
@Cumulative cases since 30 December 2018.
^ Cumulative cases since 31 December 2018.



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 [Update]

26 November 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 3,303 and the total number of deaths is 2,198. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern on 17 July 2019. For more information on Ebola virus disease, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/34199.html

 

Samoa: Measles [Update]

26 November 2019

The Samoa government has declared a state of emergency due to measles outbreak. Currently, over 2,190 cases have been reported including 25 deaths. For more information on measles, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/100419.html

(Source: Outbreak News Today 25 November 2019)

 

The Philippines: Poliomyelitis [Update]

26 November 2019

The Philippines Department of Health has reported eight cases of poliomyelitis since being declared polio-free by the World Health Organization in 2000. An outbreak has been declared.

(Source: The Philippines Department of Health 25 November 2019)
(Source: Outbreak News Today 25 November 2019)

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ebola Virus Disease [Update]

25 November 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 3,299 and the total number of deaths is 2,196. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern on 17 July 2019. For more information on Ebola virus disease, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/34199.html

 

Venezuela: Yellow Fever

25 November 2019

Venezuela recorded the first local case of yellow fever since 2005, with the patient having disease onset on 14 September this year and still being hospitalized as of 13 November.

(Source: World Health Organization 21 November 2019)

 

Samoa: Measles [Update]

25 November 2019

The Samoa government has declared a state of emergency due to measles outbreak. Currently, over 1000 cases have been reported including 17 deaths. For more information on measles, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/100419.html

(Source: Outbreak News Today 22 November 2019)

 

Mainland China: Plague [Update]

25 November 2019

China has reported four human plague cases this year. The latest added case was a patient from Jiuquan City, Gansu Province who died of septicemic plague in September.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 22 November 2019)
(Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control 22 November 2019)

 

Southeast Asia: Dengue Fever& Chikungunya Fever [Update]

25 November 2019

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health reported the latest number of cases of dengue fever and chikungunya fever (CF), and strongly urged the public to maintain strict environmental hygiene, mosquito control and personal protective measures both locally and during travel.

A. Dengue fever

From November 15 to 21, the CHP confirmed five imported DF cases. The patients had respectively been to India (two cases), Cambodia (one case), Guangdong in Mainland China (one case) and Vietnam (one case) during the incubation period.

As of November 21, 191 cases had been recorded this year (including 190 imported cases and one local case), as compared with 155 cases recorded in the same period last year. The imported cases were mainly from Thailand (32), Malaysia (27) and the Philippines (24).

The CHP has been closely monitoring the latest DF situation in neighbouring and overseas areas. DF is endemic in many tropical and subtropical areas of the world. According to the World Health Organization, some Asian countries are experiencing unusually high numbers of DF cases this year. The numbers of cases in some countries were significantly higher than the numbers for the same period in 2018, including Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Separately, according to the Health Commission of Guangdong Province, as of October 31, 5,315 cases had been recorded in Guangdong this year, which was significantly higher than that in the same period last year (2,752 cases). The numbers of cases recorded in August, September and October were 1,209, 1,430 and 1,880 respectively. In Taiwan, as of November 21, 591 cases (including 100 local cases) had been recorded in 2019.

Detailed information on the latest DF situation in Hong Kong as well as neighbouring and overseas countries and areas this year has been uploaded to the CHP's website (www.chp.gov.hk/files/pdf/df_imported_cases_and_overseas_figures_eng.pdf). Members of the public should stay vigilant and carry out effective mosquito prevention and control measures.

B. Chikungunya fever

From November 15 to 21, the CHP recorded one CF case. The patient had been to India during the incubation period. As of November 21, 11 confirmed CF cases had been recorded this year, and all of them were imported cases comprising seven from Thailand, three from Myanmar and one from India.

 

Burundi: Cholera

22 November 2019

Burundi is experiencing cholera outbreak in the western region. As of 12 November, 1,074 cases including 7 deaths have been recorded this year.

(Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control 21 November 2019)
(Source: WHO African Regional Office 18 November 2019)

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ebola Virus Disease [Update]

21 November 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 3,298 and the total number of deaths is 2,196. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern on 17 July 2019. For more information on Ebola virus disease, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/34199.html

 

The Philippines: Poliomyelitis [Update]

21 November 2019

The Philippines Department of Health has reported seven cases of poliomyelitis since being declared polio-free by the World Health Organization in 2000. An outbreak has been declared.

(Source: The Philippines Department of Health 20 November 2019)

 

Marshall Islands: Dengue fever [Update]

21 November 2019

Marshall Islands is experiencing outbreak of dengue fever since June this year. 1,165 cases have been recorded, including 1 death.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 20 November 2019)

 

Ethiopia: Chikungunya fever [Update]

20 November 2019

In a follow-up on the Chikungunya fever outbreak in Ethiopia, nearly 2,000 additional suspected cases have been reported in recent weeks, bringing the outbreak total from Dire Dawa City Administrative City and Araf regions to 53,238 cases since the end of July.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 18 November 2019)

 

Nigeria: Yellow Fever [Update]

20 November 2019

The World Health Organization says the outbreak of yellow fever which started in Nigeria in September 2017 is ongoing. Since the beginning of the year, a total of 3,620 suspected yellow fever cases have been reported in 36 states, including 150 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 18 November 2019)
(Source: WHO African Regional Office 18 November 2019)