Current Travel Health News
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
Taiwan, China: Japanese encephalitis
29 June 2020
announced this week on the fourth case of Japanese encephalitis
this year (2020). The patient is a 60-year-old male living in Fengshan District, Kaohsiung City. He has no recent travel history.
29 June 2020
reported 1,286 melioidosis
cases from 56 provinces year to date. This number is slightly higher than the same period in 2019 (1,180). Provinces with the highest prevalence include Amnat Charoen, Mukdahan, Loei, Ubon Ratchathani and Yasothon.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ebola Virus Disease [Update]
26 June 2020
Twenty-four cases of Ebola virus disease
have been reported since 18 May 2020 in Équateur Province of Democratic Republic of the Congo
. The outbreak is more than 1,000 km west of a previous outbreak in Ituri, North Kivu, and South Kivu provinces that was declared over by World Health Organization on 25 June 2020 with more than 3,470 cases reported from mid-July 2018 through 27 April 2020. These two outbreaks appear to be unlinked; however, a source of infection has yet to be determined for either.