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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

Taiwan: Dengue fever [Update]

6 November 2020

As of 5 November, Taiwan reported 130 Dengue infection including 61 imported cases.

(Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control 6 November 2020)


Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

6 November 2020

As of 31 October Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 32,934 Dengue cases.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 6 November 2020)


Peru: Diphtheria

5 November 2020

Peru reported its first diphtheria case in the past 20 years. She was a 5-year-old girl from Lima and had passed away four days after hospitalization. She had not completed immunization programme. Health official later reported 3 confirmed cases. All were her direct relatives.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 5 November 2020)