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

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

17 May 2021

As of 14 May, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 2,490 Dengue cases.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 17 May 2021)

 

Paraguay: Dengue Fever

17 May 2021

To date, 10,164 cases of Dengue infection have been reported in Paraguay.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 15 May 2021)

 

Dominican Republic: Diphtheria

17 May 2021

To date, 12 confirmed cases of Diphtheria infection including 9 deaths have been reported in Dominican Republic.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 15 May 2021)

 

Haiti: Diphtheria

17 May 2021

To date, 11 confirmed cases of Diphtheria infection including 2 deaths have been reported in Haiti.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 15 May 2021)

 

Australia: Leptospirosis

17 May 2021

Through 9 May, Queensland, Australia has recorded 78 cases of Leptospirosis. In 2020, only 81 cases were recorded.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 15 May 2021)

 

Reunion: Leptospirosis

13 May 2021

So far this year, 74 cases of Leptospirosis have been reported in Reunion Island.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 12 May 2021)

 

Uganda: Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever [Update]

13 May 2021

Uganda health officials reported a second case of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in a 13-year-old boy from Kikuube District. The case is epidemiologically linked to the first patient in the same region.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 11 May 2021)

 

Reunion: Dengue Fever [Update]

13 May 2021

Since the beginning of the year, 9,740 cases of Dengue have been reported in Reunion Island, including 2 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 11 May 2021)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

11 May 2021

As of 10 May, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 2,424 Dengue cases.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 11 May 2021)

 

Sweden: Salmonella

11 May 2021

The Sweden Public Health Agency reported an outbreak of Salmonella. 14 cases were recorded between 13 - 24 April in 10 different regions across the country.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 10 May 2021)

 

Uganda: Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever

11 May 2021

The World Health Organization reported a confirmed case of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in a 16-year-old girl from Kikuube District, Uganda. The girl is from a village well known for rearing animals such as goats and cows. The disease is transmitted to people either by tick bites or through contact with infected animal blood or tissues.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 8 May 2021)