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

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

27 August 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported two additional Ebola virus disease in Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. This brings the outbreak total to 104 cases and 44 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 27 August 2020)


Mongolia: Plague [Update]

26 August 2020

Health officials from Mongolia reported three additional suspected cases of the bubonic plague in Uvurkhangai province. Sixteen suspected plague cases have been reported this year, of which, four are laboratory confirmed.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 26 August 2020)


Democratic Republic of the Congo: Monkeypox[Update]

25 August 2020

The Democratic Republic of the Congo recorded near another 1,000 total monkeypox cases in the past month, rising from 2,591 cases on July 5 to 3,567 on August 9. Death tolls has risen to 132.

Monkeypox is a viral disease that occurs throughout remote parts of Central and West Africa. It is spread through contact with infected animal or human (alive or dead) or with materials contaminated with the virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, and a rash.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 25 August 2020)