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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

Peru: Dengue fever

29 February 2020

Peru has reported a total of 8,221 confirmed cases of Dengue fever in first seven weeks of 2020 with 11 deaths, up from 2,287 cases reported during the same period in 2019.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 29 February 2020)


Paraguay: Dengue fever

29 February 2020

Paraguay health officials reported 137,423 total cases of the Dengue fever till February 22. During the first eight weeks of 2019, Paraguay reported 208 total dengue case.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 28 February 2020)


Nigeria: Lassa fever [Update]

28 February 2020

Nigeria health officials reported a total of 689 confirmed Lassa fever cases in 2020.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 27 February 2020)


Taiwan: Zika virus infection

28 February 2020

Taiwan reported the first case of Zika virus infection in 2020. The patient had travelled to Thailand during the incubation period.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 25 February 2020)