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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

741

World Health Organization, 18 July 2019

Brazil

1,345,994

World Health Organization, 1 August 2019

Guangdong, China

394

Health Commission of Guangdong Province, 12 July 2019

India

5,504

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

Japan

176^

National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, 29 July 2019

Lao PDR

11,455

World Health Organization, 18 July 2019

Malaysia

68,950

World Health Organization, 18 July 2019

Mexico

32,856

World Health Organization, 1 August 2019

The Philippines

106,630

World Health Organization, 18 July 2019

Singapore

9,014@

Singapore National Environment Agency, 1 August 2019

Sri Lanka

33,898

Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, 1 August 2019

Taiwan, China

336

CDC, ROC (Taiwan), 1 August 2019

Thailand

59,167

Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, 31 July 2019

Vietnam

81,132

World Health Organization, 18 July 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]

6 August 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 2,763, including four cases from North Kivu capital Goma. The total number of deaths is 1,843, 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]

5 August 2019

Bangladesh is seeing the largest outbreak of dengue fever cases in history since July this year. 24,804 cases have been recorded this year, including 18 deaths. For more information on Dengue fever, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/38847.html

(Source: Outbreak News Today 4 August 2019)

 

Honduras: Dengue Fever [Update]

5 August 2019

Honduras is experiencing dengue fever epidemic. 42,300 cases have been reported this year, including 59 deaths. . For more information on Dengue fever, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/38847.html

(Source: Outbreak News Today 3 August 2019)

 

New Zealand: Measles [Update]

6 August 2019

New Zealand national measles outbreak continues, with 407 cases reported so far in 2019. Auckland health officials are officially reported 305 confirmed 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: Outbreak News Today 2 August 2019)

 

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

5 August 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 2,724, including four cases from North Kivu capital Goma. The total number of deaths is 1,823, 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

 

Southeast Asia: Dengue Fever & Chikungunya Fever [Update]

5 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 again urged the public to maintain strict environmental hygiene, mosquito control and personal protective measures both locally and during travel.

A. Dengue fever

From July 26 to August 1, the CHP recorded four imported DF cases. The patients had been to Cambodia (two cases), Indonesia (one case) and Thailand (one case) during the incubation period.

As of August 1, 99 cases had been recorded this year, as compared with 53 cases recorded in the same period last year. All the cases recorded in 2019 were imported, mainly from Thailand (18), Indonesia (17) and Malaysia (17).

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. 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).

B. Chikungunya fever

From July 26 to August 1, the CHP recorded one CF case. The patient had lived in Thailand during the incubation period. As of yesterday August 1, six confirmed CF cases had been recorded this year, all of which were imported cases from Thailand.

 

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

2 August 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 2,714, including four cases from North Kivu capital Goma. The total number of deaths is 1,813, 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]

2 August 2019

Bangladesh is seeing the largest outbreak of dengue fever cases in history since July this year. 17,183 cases have been recorded this year, including 14 deaths. For more information on Dengue fever, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/38847.html

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

2 August 2019

Singapore National Environment Agency recorded dengue fever cases five times more than the same period last year. As of 31 July, 8,946 cases were recorded this year, including 9 deaths. For more information on Dengue fever, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/38847.html

(Source: Outbreak News Today 1 August 2019)

 

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

1 August 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 2,698. The total number of deaths is 1,811, including two cases from North Kivu capital 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

 

Ukraine: Measles [Update]

1 August 2019

Ukraine continues to report measles activity despite recently slowing trend. 56,594 cases have been reported across the country this year, including 18 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 31 July 2019)

 

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

31 July 2019

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 2,687, including the second case from North Kivu capital Goma recorded on 30 July this year. The total number of deaths is 1,798, one of which is 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

 

Vietnam: Dengue fever

31 July 2019

Vietnam is seeing dengue fever epidemic this year. Over 105,000 cases have been recorded this year, including 10 deaths. For more information on Dengue fever, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/38847.html

(Source: Outbreak News Today 30 July 2019)