Travel Health Service Year 2020

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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

Pakistan: Poliomyelitis [Update]

30 March 2020

Two additional wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in Pakistan. This brings the total number of cases in 2020 to 32.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 28 March 2020)


Nigeria: Lassa fever [Update]

30 March 2020

Nigeria health officials reported a total of 932 confirmed Lassa fever cases in 2020.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 26 March 2020)


Paraguay: Dengue fever [Update]

26 March 2020

Up till 13 March 2020, Paraguay reported 203,922 cases of Dengue fever infection, including 51 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 24 March 2020)