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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

1,325

World Health Organization, 5 December 2019

Brazil

2,120,142

World Health Organization, 26 December 2019

Guangdong, China

5,986

Health Commission of Guangdong Province, 13 December 2019

India

136,422

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India, 30 November 2019

Japan

451^

National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, 24 December 2019

Lao PDR

38,026

World Health Organization, 5 December 2019

Malaysia

119,524

World Health Organization, 5 December 2019

Mexico

257,953

World Health Organization, 26 December 2019

The Philippines

402,694

World Health Organization, 5 December 2019

Singapore

15,891@

Singapore National Environment Agency, 26 December 2019

Sri Lanka

96,373

Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, 26 December 2019

Taiwan, China

631

Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, 26 December 2019

Thailand

126,708

Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, 25 December 2019

Vietnam

241,863

World Health Organization, 5 December 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]

31 December 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 3,376 and the total number of deaths is 2,232. 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]

31 December 2019

The Samoa government has lifted the state of emergency related to the recent measles outbreak as the number of cases is on declining trend. Currently, 5,667 cases have been reported including 81 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

 

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

30 December 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 3,372 and the total number of deaths is 2,230. 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

 

Southeast Asia: Dengue Fever [Update]

30 December 2019

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

From December 20 to 26, the CHP recorded two imported DF cases. The patients had respectively been to the Philippines (one case) and Thailand (one case) during the incubation period.

As of December 26, 197 cases had been recorded this year (including 196 imported cases and one local), as compared with 162 cases recorded in the same period last year. The imported cases were mainly from Thailand (33), Malaysia (27) and the Philippines (25).

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, Thailand and Vietnam.

Separately, according to the Health Commission of Guangdong Province, as of November 30, a total of 5,986 cases had been recorded in Guangdong this year, which was significantly higher than that in the same period last year (3,250 cases). In Taiwan, as of December 26, 631 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.

 

Qatar: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome [Update]

30 December 2019

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is closely monitoring three additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by Qatar. The CHP again urged the public to pay special attention to safety during travel, taking due consideration of the health risks in the places they visit.

According to the WHO, this was a cluster affecting three persons aged 32 to 67. The index case is a 67-year-old woman with underlying illnesses who had passed away. The other two cases were identified through contact tracing and both are in a stable condition. Investigations are ongoing.

According to the latest information, 2,497 cases have been reported to the WHO (with 859 deaths), including 2,278 in 10 Middle East countries comprising 2,102 in Saudi Arabia, 88 in the United Arab Emirates, 28 in Jordan, 24 in Oman, 22 in Qatar, six in Iran, four in Kuwait, two in Lebanon, and one each in Yemen and Bahrain.

For more information on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/26511.html

 

Malaysia: Dengue fever [Update]

30 December 2019

Malaysia is seeing dengue fever on rising trend this year. 130,101 cases have been reported this year, including 174 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 29 December 2019)

 

Tonga: Measles [Update]

30 December 2019

Tonga is currently experiencing measles outbreak. 596 cases have been recorded. 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 27 December 2019)

 

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

27 December 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 3,371 and the total number of deaths is 2,227. 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]

27 December 2019

The Samoa government has declared a state of emergency due to measles outbreak. Currently, 5,603 cases have been reported including 80 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 December 2019)

 

Tonga: Measles [Update]

27 December 2019

Tonga is currently experiencing measles outbreak. 564 cases have been recorded as of 15 December. 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 December 2019)