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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

898

World Health Organization, 15 August 2019

Brazil

1,748,473

World Health Organization, 22 August 2019

Guangdong, China

796

Health Commission of Guangdong Province, 14 August 2019

India

5,504

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India, 26 May 2019

Japan

200^

National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, 20 August 2019

Lao PDR

20,357

World Health Organization, 15 August 2019

Malaysia

82,529

World Health Organization, 15 August 2019

Mexico

44,210

World Health Organization, 22 August 2019

The Philippines

167,607

World Health Organization, 15 August 2019

Singapore

10,601@

Singapore National Environment Agency, 21 August 2019

Sri Lanka

40,095

Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, 22 August 2019

Taiwan, China

400

CDC, ROC (Taiwan), 22 August 2019

Thailand

73,324

Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, 21 August 2019

Vietnam

124,751

World Health Organization, 15 August 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]

27 August 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 2,976, including four cases from North Kivu capital. The total number of deaths is 1,986, including two cases from Goma. 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

 

Bangladesh: Dengue fever [Update]

27 August 2019

Bangladesh is seeing the largest outbreak of dengue fever cases in history since July this year. 63,514 cases have been recorded this year, including 47 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 26 August 2019)

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Measles [Update]

27 August 2019

Measles activity in Democratic Republic of the Congo remains high. 155,460 cases have been reported this year, including 2,953 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 26 August 2019)

 

Spain: Listeriosis [Update]

27 August 2019

Spain has reported an outbreak of listeriosis linked to contaminated meat products. 175 confirmed cases including 2 deaths have been recorded. Spain’s health ministry has issued alerts to EU authorities and the World Health Organization.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 24 August 2019)

 

Southeast Asia: Dengue Fever & Chikungunya Fever [Update]

26 August 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 August 16 to 22, the CHP recorded 10 imported DF cases. The patients had been to Thailand (three cases), India (two cases), the Philippines (two cases), Malaysia (one case), Myanmar (one case) and Vietnam (one case) during the incubation period.

As of August 22, 123 cases had been recorded this year, as compared with 86 cases recorded in the same period last year. All the cases recorded in 2019 were imported, mainly from Thailand (26), Malaysia (21), Cambodia (18) and Indonesia (18).

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 for this time of year. The number of cases in several countries including Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam was about two to six times the number for the same period in 2018.

According to the Health Commission of Guangdong Province, Guangdong is currently in the epidemic season of DF. As of July 31, 796 cases have been recorded in Guangdong this year, which was significantly higher than that in the same period last year (121 cases). In Taiwan, 400 cases (including 74 local cases) have been recorded in 2019 (as of August 22). According to the health authority of Taiwan, the number of imported DF cases recorded so far this year was the highest compared to the number for the same period in the past 10 years.

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 (https://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 August 16 to 22, the CHP recorded one CF case. The patient had been to Myanmar during the incubation period. As of August 22, seven confirmed CF cases had been recorded this year, including six imported from Thailand and one imported from Myanmar.

 

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

26 August 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 2,938, including four cases from North Kivu capital Goma and four cases from South Kivu. The total number of deaths is 1,969, including two cases from Goma and one case from South Kivu. 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

 

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

23 August 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 2,934, including four cases from North Kivu capital Goma and four cases from South Kivu. The total number of deaths is 1,961, including two cases from Goma and one case from South Kivu. 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

 

Spain: Listeriosis

23 August 2019

Spain has reported an outbreak of listeriosis linked to contaminated meat products. 155 confirmed cases including 1 death have been recorded. Spain’s health ministry has issued alerts to EU authorities and the World Health Organization.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 22 August 2019)

 

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

22 August 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 2,927, including four cases from North Kivu capital Goma and three cases from South Kivu. The total number of deaths is 1,953, including two cases from Goma and one case from South Kivu. 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

 

Taiwan, China: Measles

22 August 2019

Taiwan Centers for Disease Control has reminded the public to pay attention to measles prevention. 122 cases have been recorded this year, including 75 domestic cases. 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: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control 20 August 2019)

 

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

21 August 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 2,909, including four cases from North Kivu capital Goma and two cases from South Kivu. The total number of deaths is 1,934, including two cases from Goma and one case from South Kivu. 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