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 https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/38847.html

Japan: Rabies

25 May 2020

Japan reported an imported human case of rabies, the first case since 2006. The patient contracted the viral infection while in the Philippines where he/she was bitten by a dog last September.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 23 May 2020)

 

Bulgaria: Q Fever

25 May 2020

Bulgaria reported an outbreak of Q fever in Gabrovo, affecting more than 20 people.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 22 May 2020)

 

Brazil: Dengue Fever [Update]

22 May 2020

Through 8 May 2020, Brazil has reported a total of about 946,852 dengue cases, including 298 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 21 May 2020)

 

Philippines: Dengue Fever [Update]

22 May 2020

From the beginning of the year through April 18, health officials in the Philippines reported 47,226 dengue fever cases.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 21 May 2020)

 

Iraq: Avian Influenza, poultry

22 May 2020

Iraq has reported several outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza.

(Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy 20 May 2020)

 

Taiwan: Avian Influenza, poultry

22 May 2020

Taiwan reported an H5N5 avian influenza outbreak at a commercial poultry farm in Yunlin County.

(Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy 20 May 2020)

 

USA: Dengue fever

20 May 2020

Florida state health officials reported the second locally-acquired dengue fever case of 2020 in Miami-Dade County, USA.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 19 May 2020)

 

Brazil: Dengue Fever [Update]

20 May 2020

Through mid-April 2020, Brazil has reported a total of about 795,000 dengue fever , including 221 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 18 May 2020)