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

Brazil: Yellow Fever

15 March 2021

Santa Catarina of Brazil reported 64 money deaths due to yellow fever so far this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 13 March 2021)

 

Nigeria: Lassa fever [Update]

15 March 2021

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reported 25 confirmed Lassa fever cases with one death last week, bringing the country totals to 161 cases and 32 deaths in 2021.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 12 March 2021)

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ebola Virus Disease [Update]

15 March 2021

As of 11 March, twelve cases of cases of Ebola virus disease were confirmed in the province of North Kivu, east of Democratic Republic of the Congo.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 12 March 2021)

 

Saudi Arabia: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

15 March 2021

Saudi Arabia reported two more cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Riyadh, bringing the country totals to 7 in 2021.

For more information on MERS, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/26511.html

(Source: Outbreak News Today 12 March 2021)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

10 March 2021

As of 9 March 2021, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 1,420 Dengue cases.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 9 March 2021)

 

Norway: Salmonella

10 March 2021

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) is reporting a Salmonella outbreak which is geographically spread over large parts of Norway. So far, 12 confirmed and 8 suspected cases has been reported.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 8 March 2021)