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

Thailand: Streptococcus Suis

9 January 2021

Thailand reported 340 cases of Streptococcus Suis infection with 12 fatalities till 22 December last year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 5 January 2021)


Japan: Avian Influenza, poultry

9 January 2021

Japan reported another wave of bird flu outbreak in the prefecture of Gifu. More than 68,000 chickens at the Minokamo chicken farm are culled.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 3 January 2021)


Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

9 January 2021

As of 2 January 2021, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 35,315 Dengue cases.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 3 January 2021)


Democratic Republic of the Congo: Plague [Update]

9 January 2021

turi Province in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has reported a total of 286 plague cases with 27 deaths since August last year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 2 January 2021)