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

Malaysia: Chikungunya fever

1 June 2020

So far this year, 454 cases of Chikungunya fever have been reported in Perak, Malaysia. This is 30 times more compared the same period last year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 31 May 2020)

 

Costa Rica: Dengue fever [Update]

1 June 2020

So far this year, 2,689 dengue fever cases have been reported in Costa Rica. This is triple the number of cases reported during the same period last year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 31 May 2020)

 

Brazil: Measles [Update]

1 June 2020

Between 1 January and 20 May 2020, Brazil has reported 3,155 confirmed measles cases, including four deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 30 May 2020)

 

Russia: Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever [Update]

1 June 2020

Russia reported two additional cases of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 30 May 2020)

 

Thailand: Dengue Fever [Update]

1 June 2020

Since the beginning of the year, 14,136 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Thailand, including 11 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 29 May 2020)

 

USA: West Nile Virus infection [Update]

29 May 2020

The second local case of West Nile Virus infection was reported in Miami, USA this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 28 May 2020)

 

Ethiopia: Guinea worm disease

29 May 2020

Ethiopia reported at least seven suspected human cases of Guinea worm infection in recent weeks.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 27 May 2020)

 

Mainland China: Avian Influenza, Human [Update]

27 May 2020

Mainland China reported two new case of human infection with avian influenza A (H9N2) virus. Both cases had a history of poultry or live poultry market exposure before the onset.

For more information on avian influenza, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/24244.html

(Source: Outbreak News Today 26 May 2020)

 

Togo: Yellow Fever

27 May 2020

A case of Yellow Fever was reported in northern part of Togo. The 55-year-old patient was unvaccinated and died subsequently.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 26 May 2020)