Travel Health Service Year 2021

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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

Central African Republic: Monkeypox

5 February 2021

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that 2 confirmed and 6 suspected cases of Monkeypox were detected in the eastern border of Basse-Kotto Prefecture, Central African Republic, after the epidemic was declared since 27 December 2020.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 4 February 2021)


Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

4 February 2021

As of 3 February 2021, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 716 Dengue cases.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 4 February 2021)


Brazil: Measles

4 February 2021

In 2020, Brazil reported 8,448 confirmed Measles cases, including 10 deaths. Pará State reported 5,385 confirmed cases, followed by Rio de Janeiro State with 1,348 cases and São Paulo State with 867 cases.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 2 February 2021)


Taiwan: Hantavirus

4 February 2021

Taiwan reported the first case of Hantavirus infection this year in the southern region. The case has no recent travel history, however, his main activity area is suffering from rodent infestation.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 1 February 2021)