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 https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/38847.html

Laos: Avian Influenza, Human

12 April 2021

The World Health Organization reported the first human case of avian influenza A (H5N6) virus infection in Laos.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 10 April 2021)

 

Vietnam: Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

9 April 2021

In Vietnam, 17,451 new cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease were recorded since the beginning of the year, of which 4 died.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 8 April 2021)

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Malaria

7 April 2021

Officials in Kikwit-Nord health zone in Kwilu province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo reported at least 88,895 cases of malaria including 128 deaths in 2020.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 6 April 2021)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

7 April 2021

As of 3 April 2021, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 1,873 Dengue cases.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 6 April 2021)

 

India: Chickenpox

7 April 2021

In Bihar’s Gaya district in eastern India, officials reported an outbreak of chickenpox affected hundreds of people.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 3 April 2021)

 

Guinea: Ebola Virus Disease [Update]

7 April 2021

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa reported a new Ebola virus disease in Soulouta village, N’Zérékoré Prefecture, Guinea. This was the first reported case since March 4.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 1 April 2021)

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Measles [Update]

7 April 2021

MSF reported more than 13,000 new cases of measles in Democratic Republic of the Congo since the beginning of the year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 1 April 2021)

 

Reunion: Dengue Fever

7 April 2021

Since the beginning of the year, 2,648 confirmed cases of Dengue have been reported in Reunion Island.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 1 April 2021)