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

Brazil: Yellow Fever

4 May 2020

It was reported that 15 people have been infected with yellow fever in Santa Catarina State in Brazil.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 2 May 2020)

 

Brazil: West Nile Fever

4 May 2020

The Brazil Ministry of Health reported a case of West Nile Virus infection in the state of Piauí. This is the seventh case of West Nile fever diagnosed in Piauí since 2014.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 1 May 2020)

 

Sri Lanka: Dengue fever [Update]

4 May 2020

Sri Lanka health officials have reported 18,835 dengue fever cases through the first four months of 2020.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 1 May 2020)

 

Cote d'Ivoire: Poliomyelitis

4 May 2020

Cote d'Ivoire reported a total of three new circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases this year.

(Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy 1 May 2020)

 

Afghanistan: Poliomyelitis [Update]

4 May 2020

Afghanistan reported an additional case of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1), bringing the total number to five this year.

(Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy 1 May 2020)

 

Nigeria: Lassa fever [Update]

29 April 2020

Nigeria has declared the emergency phase of the 2020 Lassa fever outbreak over. As at 19 April 2020, the total number of Lassa fever cases was 979, including 188 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 28 April 2020)

 

Zimbabwe: Malaria

29 April 2020

Since the beginning of this year through last week, Zimbabwe reported a total of 170,303 cases of malaria, including 152 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 28 April 2020)

 

Philippines: Dengue fever

29 April 2020

From the beginning of the year through April 4, health officials in the Philippines reported 45,771 dengue fever cases, including 112 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 27 April 2020)