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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

Vietnam: Diphtheria

14 July 2020

As of July 8, 2020, 68 cases of diphtheria have been reported in Dak Nong (27 cases), Kon Tum (24 cases), Gia Lai (16 cases) and Dak Lak (1 case) province, Vietnam. Vaccination campaign against diphtheria epidemic in these four provinces was launched.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 12 July 2020)