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

Brazil: Dengue Fever

12 March 2020

During the first 9 weeks in 2020, Brazil reported 337,243 cases of Dengue fever infection, including 58 deaths.

(Source: Pan American Health Organization 12 March 2020)

 

Bolivia: Dengue fever

12 March 2020

During the first 9 weeks in 2020, Bolivia reported 45,787 cases of Dengue fever infection, including 12 deaths.

(Source: Pan American Health Organization 12 March 2020)

 

Colombia: Dengue fever

12 March 2020

During the first 9 weeks in 2020, Colombia reported 31,010 cases of Dengue fever infection, including 10 deaths.

(Source: Pan American Health Organization 12 March 2020)

 

Paraguay: Dengue fever [Update]

12 March 2020

During the first 9 weeks in 2020, Paraguay reported 151,841 cases of Dengue fever infection, including 46 deaths.

(Source: Pan American Health Organization 12 March 2020)

 

Central African Republic: Measles

4 March 2020

From 1 January 2019 through 16 February 2020, 7,626 suspected measles infection including 83 deaths were reported in the Central African Republic. About 72% cases were below five years old.

(Source: World Health Organization 4 March 2020)