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

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

16 June 2020

A new outbreak of Ebola virus disease was declared on 1 June 2020 in Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. This is a different area from the large outbreak that has been ongoing in the east of the country since 2018. The cumulative number of cases has been 17, including 14 confirmed and 3 probable. In total, there were 11 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 15 June 2020)

 

Venezuela: Malaria

11 June 2020

During the first five months of 2020, Venezuela has reported 104,000 malaria cases.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 10 June 2020)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

11 June 2020

Through June 9, Singapore reported a total of 10,234 dengue cases. This is the highest number of cases in the first 5 months of the year since 2013.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 10 June 2020)