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

South Korea: Japanese Encephalitis

19 October 2020

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency has reported at least one confirmed and two suspected Japanese encephalitis cases. All the cases were reported from Gyeonggi Province, or the province surrounding Seoul.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 18 October 2020)


Thailand: Chikungunya fever [Update]

19 October 2020

Thailand health officials reported an additional 600-plus chikungunya cases in the past week, putting the total so far in 2020 to 10,101 in 72 provinces. No deaths have been reported.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 16 October 2020)


Burkina Faso: Hepatitis E

19 October 2020

The World Health Organization reported from July 1 to September 25, 2020, a total of 71 cases and 10 deaths of Hepatitis E in Burkina Faso.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 12 October 2020)


Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

13 October 2020

As of 10 October Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 31,338 Dengue cases.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 12 October 2020)


Mauritania: Rift Valley Fever

15 October 2020

As of 5 October, Mauritania reported an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever with 36 confirmed cases including 13 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 12 October 2020)


Sudan: Chikungunya fever

15 October 2020

The Sudan Ministry of Health and Social Development has declared a State of Health Emergency in West Darfur after confirming 45 cases of Chikungunya Fever .

(Source: Outbreak News Today 12 October 2020)


Taiwan: Dengue Fever [Update]

13 October 2020

As of 12 October, Taiwan reported 125 Dengue infection including 60 imported cases.

(Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control 12 October 2020)


Japan: Syphilis

12 October 2020

Japan ’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo has reported 4,168 Syphilis cases through September 30. This includes more than 1,100 cases in Tokyo, 661 in Osaka and 229 each in Aichi and Fukuoka prefectures.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 11 October 2020)


Saint Lucia: Dengue Fever [Update]

12 October 2020

The Ministry of Health and Wellness in Saint Lucia has recorded a total of 540 confirmed cases of Dengue infection including one death, so far this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 8 October 2020)


Chad: Chikungunya Fever [Update]

12 October 2020

As of 14 August 2020, Chad health officials reported 34,445 cases of Chikungunya Fever infection, including 1 death.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 7 October 2020)


Sudan: Poliomyelitis [Update]

12 October 2020

To date, Sudan has confirmed 23 vaccine-derived polio (cVDPV2) cases.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 4 October 2020)


South Africa: Rabies

12 October 2020

To date, South Africa has reported 7 cases of human Rabies infection, among these 3 cases in KwaZulu-Natal, 3 cases in Eastern Cape and 1 case in Limpopo.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 2 October 2020)


19 October 2020