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

Taiwan: Dengue Fever [Update]

18 December 2020

As of 17 December, Taiwan reported 137 Dengue infection including 64 imported cases.

(Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control 17 December 2020)


Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

18 December 2020

As of 12 December, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 34,690 Dengue cases.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 17 December 2020)


China: Malaria

18 December 2020

China reported no locally transmitted cases of malaria for four consecutive years. Officials are applying for World Health Organization (WHO) malaria eradication certification.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 14 December 2020)


Mainland China: Avian Influenza, Human

18 December 2020

China reported a human case of avian influenza A (H5N6) in a 81-year-old female farmer from Changzhou of Jiangsu Province. She had history of exposure to domestic live chicken before onset of symptom. She was hospitalized and subsequently passed away.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 12 December 2020)