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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

Chad: Chikungunya fever [Update]

19 September 2020

As of 16 September, The World Health Organization reported a total of 24,858 cases of chikungunya in Chad.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 19 September 2020)

 

Africa: Measles

19 September 2020

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice concerning travel to Africa due to measles outbreaks. Measles outbreaks are reported in the following countries: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique,

Niger

, Nigeria and South Sudan.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 19 September 2020)

 

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

13 September 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported continue spread of Ebola virus disease in Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. This brings the outbreak total to 121 cases and 48 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 12 September 2020)

 

Chad: Chikungunya fever [Update]

13 September 2020

Chad health officials reported that 19,579 cases of Chikungunya Fever were recorded during 14 August – 10 September.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 12 September 2020)

 

Brazil: Dengue Fever [Update]

14 September 2020

To date, Brazil has reported a total of about 1,337,095 Dengue cases, including 475 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 13 September 2020)

 

Sudan: Poliomyelitis [Update]

14 September 2020

To date, Sudan has confirmed 21 vaccine-derived polio (cVDPV2) cases.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 13 September 2020)

 

Ethiopia: Cholera

15 September 2020

UN health officials reported an outbreak of Cholera in Ethiopia. Since the beginning of this year, more than 11,000 cases and at least 175 associated deaths have been reported.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 14 September 2020)

 

Thailand: Dengue Fever [Update]

16 September 2020

Thailand reported a total of about 55,004 Dengue cases, so far this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 15 September 2020)

 

Taiwan: Cholera

17 September 2020

The Taiwan CDC reported the first locally acquired Cholera (O1 Ogawa) case of the year. Patient visited hospital on August 31 for treatment. Source of infection has yet to be confirmed.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 15 September 2020)

 

Taiwan: Dengue Fever [Update]

17 September 2020

As of 17 September, Taiwan reported 77 Dengue infection including 58 imported cases.

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

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

17 September 2020

As of 12 September Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 28,943 Dengue cases.

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