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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.

Cumulative reported number of dengue cases since 01/01/2020 *

Japan

2^

National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, 17 January 2020

Mexico

125

World Health Organization, 16 January 2020

Singapore

908@

Singapore National Environment Agency, 16 January 2020

Sri Lanka

1,632

Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, 16 January 2020

Taiwan, China

13

Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, 16 January 2020

Thailand

397

Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, 14 January 2020

@Cumulative cases since 29 December 2019.
^ Cumulative cases since 30 December 2019.

Cumulative reported number of dengue cases since 01/01/2019 *

 

Cumulative reported no.
of cases since 01/01/2019

Source of information and date of report

Australia

1,419

World Health Organization, 2 January 2020

Brazil

2,201,115

World Health Organization, 16 January 2020

Guangdong, China

6,066

Health Commission of Guangdong Province, 15 January 2020

India

136,422

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India, 30 November 2019

Lao PDR

38,753

World Health Organization, 2 January 2020

Malaysia

127,407

World Health Organization, 2 January 2020

The Philippines

420,453

World Health Organization, 2 January 2020

Vietnam

320,702

World Health Organization, 2 January 2020

* Dengue reporting systems vary by country/area.



Travellers should stay vigilant against dengue fever and adopt the following personal preventive measures against mosquito bite:

* Always wear loose, light-coloured long-sleeved tops and trousers;
* Stay in air-conditioned residence or places with mosquito screens;
* If mosquito screen or air-conditioning is absent, aerosol insecticide and bed nets are advised;
* Use insect repellents containing DEET on exposed skin and clothing;
* Use insect repellents containing DEET apart from applying sunscreen while staying in beaches;
* Re-apply insect repellents according to instructions during the trip;
* Carry a portable bed nets and apply permethrin on it as well as to clothes if travelling to rural areas where dengue fever is prevalent.

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.


Mainland China: Pneumonia [Update]

21 January 2020

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (January 20) provides the latest information on the pneumonia cases of novel coronavirus infection detected in the Mainland again. The public is again urged to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

According to the information from the Beijing Municipal Health Commission, three additional pneumonia cases of novel coronavirus infection were reported in Beijing today. The patients, comprising two males and one female, had either visited or resided in Wuhan. Two of them are in stable condition while one is in critical condition. So far, a total of five confirmed cases have been reported in Beijing.

Meanwhile, Shanghai Municipal Health Commission reported its first pneumonia case of novel coronavirus infection today. The case involved a 56-year-old woman coming from Wuhan. She is in a stable condition.

Separately, the Health Commission of Guangdong Province reported that an addition of 13 pneumonia cases of novel coronavirus infection were reported today, with eight in Shenzhen, three in Zhuhai and one each in Zhanjiang and Huizhou. The patients comprised 8 males and 5 females. Eleven of them had history of living in or travelling to Wuhan while two had close contacts with confirmed patients. Among the new cases, four are in serious condition and two are in critical condition. No fatal cases have been recorded. So far, a total of 14 confirmed cases have been reported in Guangdong.

A spokesman for the CHP said, "The CHP will continue to maintain its liaison with the National Health Commission, the World Health Organization and the relevant overseas health authorities, and closely monitor the situation for risk assessment."

For more information on Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent or latest update on cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102465.html

(Source: Centre for Health Protection of Department of Health 20 January 2020)

 

South Korea: Pneumonia

21 January 2020

South Korea’s health authority reported today on the first confirmed, imported case of Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent from Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Officials say the case is a Chinese woman in her 30s who suffered from fever, headache and other symptoms after arriving at Incheon International Airport and tested positive for the virus. Patient denied visiting the traditional markets including Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, nor contacting 2019-nCoV confirmed cases or any live animals in Wuhan.

For more information on Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent or latest update on cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102465.html

(Source: Outbreak News Today 20 January 2020)

 

Sri Lanka: Dengue Fever

21 January 2020

The Sri Lanka health authority reports the rise in the number of dengue fever patients in the country. To date in 2020, Sri Lanka has reported nearly 2,300 dengue cases through the first 20 days of the year, with more than 20 percent of cases reported in Colombo.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 20 January 2020)

 

Mainland China: Pneumonia [Update]

20 January 2020

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (January 19) received notification from the National Health Commission (NHC) on the latest information on the pneumonia cases of novel coronavirus infection detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province. The public is again urged to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

According to the information from the NHC, epidemiological analysis on the novel coronavirus infections announced earlier revealed that some cases did not have exposure in "Hua Nan Seafood Wholesale Market". Separately, experts from the national, provincial and municipal level have conducted overall assessments on some pneumonia cases of unknown cause which were screened at community health services centres, and identified and under treatment at fever clinics of various hospitals in Wuhan, taking into consideration of the clinical picture, epidemiological information and positive results from an enhanced testing kit for nucleic acid of the novel coronavirus. As of January 17, 17 additional pneumonia cases of the novel coronavirus infection in Wuhan were confirmed. The patients comprised 12 males and five females, aged 30 to 79, who developed symptoms before January 13 this year. Among the patients, three are in serious condition and the others are in stable condition.

As of January 17, the total number of novel coronavirus infections in Wuhan was 62 cases. Among them, 19 patients have been discharged, eight patients are in serious condition and two died, while the remaining patients are in stable condition. A total of 763 close contacts have been identified. All have been put under medical surveillance with 681 of them having completed the surveillance, and no related cases have been detected so far.

For more information on Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent or latest update on cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102465.html

(Source: Centre for Health Protection of Department of Health 19 January 2020)

 

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

20 January 2020

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 3,411 and the total number of deaths is 2,236. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern on 17 July 2019. For more information on Ebola virus disease, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/34199.html

(Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy 17 January 2020)

 

Brazil: Yellow Fever

20 January 2020

With the arrival of summer when the occurrence of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, such as yellow fever increase, the Brazilian Ministry of Health is alerting the population to get vaccinated against the disease. The alert is mainly focused on the population that lives in the South and Southeast regions of the country due to the confirmation of 38 monkey deaths in the states of Paraná (34), São Paulo (3) and Santa Catarina (1). Regarding human cases, 327 suspected yellow fever cases were reported in the same period, of which 50 remain under investigation and one has been confirmed.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 19 January 2020)

 

Japan: Pneumonia

17 January 2020

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health said today (January 16) that the CHP has been closely monitoring a new confirmed case of infection of novel coronavirus in Japan. The public is again urged to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

According to information from the health authority of Japan, the case involved a male patient in his thirties who is living in Kanagawa, Japan. The patient, who had earlier travelled to Wuhan, Hubei Province, developed a fever on January 3 and returned to Japan on January 6 and sought medical attention on the same day. He was admitted to a local hospital on January 10 and was discharged on January 15. He tested positive for the novel coronavirus on January 15. According to the patient, he did not visit the Hua Nan Seafood Market in Wuhan but had contact with a pneumonia patient while he was in Wuhan.

For more information on Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent or latest update on cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102465.html

(Source: Centre for Health Protection of Department of Health 19 January 2020)

 

The Philippines: Poliomyelitis [Update]

17 January 2020

The Philippines Department of Health has reported 16 cases of poliomyelitis since being declared polio-free by the World Health Organization in 2000. An outbreak has been declared.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 16 January 2020)

 

Saudi Arabia: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome [Update]

17 January 2020

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) has reported one more Middle East Respiratory Syndrome case, the fourth to be reported in January.

No contact with camels before symptom onset was reported in this case. In a recent update on MERS-CoV earlier this week, the WHO said it had received 2,499 cases since the virus was first detected in people in 2012, mostly from Saudi Arabia. At least 861 deaths have been reported

For more information on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/26511.html

(Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy 16 January 2020)

 

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

17 January 2020

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 3,409 and the total number of deaths is 2,236. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern on 17 July 2019. For more information on Ebola virus disease, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/34199.html

(Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy 16 January 2020)

 

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

16 January 2020

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 3,406 and the total number of deaths is 2,235. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern on 17 July 2019. For more information on Ebola virus disease, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/34199.html

(Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy 15 January 2020)

 

Thailand: Pneumonia [Update]

15 January 2020

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health said today (January 14) that the CHP has been closely monitoring a new confirmed case of infection of novel coronavirus in Thailand reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). The public is again urged to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

According to information from the health authority of Thailand, the case involved a patient from Wuhan, Hubei Province, in Mainland China, who arrived at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on January 8 and was detected to be having high fever. The patient was subsequently taken to a local medical institute for isolation and management. Laboratory tests there returned a positive result for the novel coronavirus on January 12. The patient has recovered and there have not been additional cases.

For more information on Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent or latest update on cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102465.html

(Source: Centre for Health Protection of Department of Health 14 January 2020)

 

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

15 January 2020

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The total number of cases has reached 3,403 and the total number of deaths is 2,235. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern on 17 July 2019.

For more information on Ebola virus disease, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/34199.html

(Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy 14 January 2020)