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

Taiwan, China: Dengue Fever

7 March 2020

During the first ten weeks of 2020, 44 dengue cases have been reported in Taiwan. All cases were imported.

(Source: Minister of Health and Welfare Taiwan 10 March 2020)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

29 February 2020

During the first nine weeks of 2020, 3264 dengue and heamorrhagic dengue cases have been reported in Singapore, a 83 percent increase when compare with same period last year.

(Source: Minister of Health Singapore 6 March 2020)

 

Nigeria: Lassa fever [Update]

5 March 2020

Nigeria health officials reported a total of 775 confirmed Lassa fever cases in 2020.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 5 March 2020)

 

Benin: Lassa Fever

4 March 2020

Since 11 February 2020, four confirmed Lassa fever cases, including one death have been reported in Benin. All the cases were imported from Kwara State, Nigeria.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 4 March 2020)