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

Thailand: Chikungunya fever [Update]

21 August 2020

Thailand’s health ministry has reported an additional 775 Chikungunya cases in the past week, bringing the country total to 6,888 cases in 68 provinces this year. No fatalities have been reported.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 21 August 2020)


Taiwan: Dengue Fever

21 August 2020

Taiwan reported 71 dengue infection including 58 imported cases, so far, this year.

(Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control 21 August 2020)


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

20 August 2020

The Ebola virus disease outbreak in Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, is escalating further, bringing the total to 89 cases and 37 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 18 August 2020)


Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

20 August 2020

As of 17 August 2020, Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) reported 25,053 dengue cases with 20 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 18 August 2020)


Senegal: Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever

20 August 2020

A case of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever was reported in Dakar, the capital of Senegal on 12 August 2020.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 17 August 2020)


Sudan: Poliomyelitis

20 August 2020

The Ministry of Health, Sudan confirmed on 9 August that two vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) cases had occurred in South Darfur and Gedaref state.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 17 August 2020)


Paraguay: Dengue Fever

18 August 2020

So far this year,Paraguay has reported 220,050 dengue infection and 73 deaths, the highest number of cases in its history, with Asunción, Mariano, Roque Alonzo and Capiatá most affected.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 14 August 2020)


Guinea: Lassa fever

17 August 2020

Guinea reported one case of Lassa fever on July 11, the patient died on the next day after hospital admission.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 10 August 2020)