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

Senegal: Yellow fever

31 December 2020

Senegal reported seven cases of Yellow Fever with at least two deaths from October to December this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 30 December 2020)


Nigeria: Yellow fever [Update]

31 December 2020

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reported an additional confirmed case of Yellow Fever infection in Delta State last week. Since summer this year, Nigeria had reported 102 confirmed Yellow Fever cases including 17 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 29 December 2020)


Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

31 December 2020

As of 26 December, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 35,123 Dengue cases.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 29 December 2020)


Syria: Leishmaniasis

31 December 2020

Health officials reported 1750 cases of cutaneous Leishmaniasis amongst children in the province Deir ez-Zor, northeast of Syria.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 26 December 2020)


Mauritania: Rift Valley Fever [Update]

31 December 2020

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel notice for Mauritania. There is an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in Mauritania, including the capital region of Nouakchott.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 25 December 2020)


Guinea: Yellow Fever

31 December 2020

From 6 November to 15 December 2020, Guinea reported a total of 52 suspected cases of Yellow Fever with 14 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 24 December 2020)