Travel Health Service Year 2020

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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. 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.

For more information on dengue fever, including the latest situation in neighbouring and overseas countries and areas, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage at https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/38847.html

Chad: Chikungunya fever [Update]

7 September 2020

Cases of Chikungunya Fever have been rising rapidly in Chad in the past weeks.The World Health Organization reported a total of 10,631 cases as of August 31.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 7 September 2020)

 

South Korea: Vibrio vulnificus infection

6 September 2020

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has reported 37 cases of Vibrio vulnificus infection in the first eight months of 2020, more than double from the same period of 2019.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 6 September 2020)

 

Thailand: Dengue Fever [Update]

3 September 2020

Thailand reported an additional 2,922 Dengue cases during the past week, bringing the total to 50,660 cases and 36 deaths, so far this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 2 September 2020)

 

Taiwan: Dengue Fever [Update]

2 September 2020

As of 31 August, Taiwan reported 73 Dengue infection including 58 imported cases, so far this year.

(Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control 2 September 2020)

 

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

1 September 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported continue spread of Ebola virus disease in Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. This brings the outbreak total to 109 cases and 47 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 1 September 2020)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

1 September 2020

As of 28 August 2020, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 27,097 Dengue cases.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 1 September 2020)

 

Chad: Chikungunya fever

1 September 2020

UN health officials reported a Chikungunya Fever outbreak in Chad. Between 14 – 26 August, 6,163 cases and no deaths were recorded in Abéché district, the border region to Sudan.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 1 September 2020)

 

Ukraine: Salmonella

31 August 2020

Ukraine health officials reported that during the first eight months of 2020, 16 cases of Salmonella infection were recorded in the country.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 31 August 2020)