Travel Health Service Year 2021

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

Cameroon: Yellow Fever

10 September 2021

Cameroon reported 9 cases of Yellow Fever including 3 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 9 September 2021)

 

Taiwan: Tularemia (Rabbit Fever)

10 September 2021

The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control reported the first domestically acquired Tularemia (Rabbit Fever) case.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 9 September 2021)

 

Madagascar: Plague [Update]

9 September 2021

As of 3 September, Madagascar reported 30 suspected cases of pulmonary Plague infection including 12 confirmed and 7 death cases.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 8 September 2021)

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Meningococcal Meningitis

9 September 2021

Democratic Republic of the Congo reported an outbreak of Meningococcal Meningitis in the Tshopo Provincial Health Division since July. To date, 261 suspected cases and 129 deaths have been reported.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 8 September 2021)

 

Brazil: Measles [Update]

7 September 2021

The Ministry of Health in Alagoas state of Brazil reported 11 confirmed cases of Measles since May this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 6 September 2021)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

7 September 2021

As of 6 September, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 4,048 Dengue cases.

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

 

Bangladesh: Dengue fever [Update]

6 September 2021

Bangladesh reported 11,816 cases of Dengue Fever so far this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 5 September 2021)

 

India: Nipah Virus

6 September 2021

One case of lethal Nipah Virus infection was reported in Kozhikode, Kerala state, India. Two more cases were reported earlier this year. Local health authorities suspected the infections were spread through bats.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 5 September 2021)

 

Chile: Hantavirus Infection

6 September 2021

One case of Hantavirus Infection was reported in Carahue, Chile. According to the investigation, the case was being infected in rural areas.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 5 September 2021)

 

Madagascar: Plague

6 September 2021

As of 30 August, 22 cases of Plague infection and 7 deaths were reported in areas near the Madagascar capital Antananarivo.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 4 September 2021)

 

Ghana: Rabies

6 September 2021

Health officials in Techiman town of Ghana reported 3 lethal cases of Rabies, so far this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 4 September 2021)

 

South Korea: Japanese Encephalitis

6 September 2021

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of Japanese Encephalitis this year on August 30th. The case occurred in Sejong City, with no history of Japanese Encephalitis vaccination.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 4 September 2021)

 

Japan: Syphilis [Update]

6 September 2021

As of August, Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases has reported 4,349 Syphilis cases. Among these cases, 1,433 were reported in Tokyo and 446 in Osaka.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 4 September 2021)