Travel Health Service Year 2020

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Current Travel Health News

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

Inner Mongolia: Plague

7 July 2020

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health received notification from the National Health Commission of a case of plague affecting a herder in Inner Mongolia.

According to epidemiological investigations and clinical presentations, the patient was diagnosed to have bubonic plague on July 5 and had been to a place where plague was known to occur. The patient has been admitted to hospital for treatment under isolation and is in stable condition.

(Source: Centre for Health Protection of Department of Health 6 July 2020)


Bulgaria: Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever

7 July 2020

Bulgaria reported the first Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever case of the year. During the same period in 2019, officials reported two cases.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 4 July 2020)


Mongolia: Plague

3 July 2020

Two cases of bubonic plague were reported in Khovd province in western Mongolia. Patients are reported to have hunted and eaten marmots.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 2 July 2020)