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]

20 September 2021

As of 17 September, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 4,148 cases of Dengue Fever infection.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 20 September 2021)

 

Nigeria: Lassa Fever [Update]

20 September 2021

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reported 4 additional confirmed Lassa Fever cases including 3 deaths during the week ending in 12 September, bringing the total to 369 cases including 76 deaths, so far this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 19 September 2021)

 

USA: West Nile Virus [Update]

20 September 2021

The Massachusetts health officials, USA announced an additional case of West Nile Virus infection, bringing the total to 7 cases so far this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 19 September 2021)

 

Philippines: Dengue Fever [Update]

16 September 2021

As of 11 September, 495 cases of Dengue infection were reported in Negros Oriental of Philippine.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 15 September 2021)

 

Nigeria: Measles [Update]

16 September 2021

During the first 8 months of this year, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reported 6,718 cases of confirmed measles including 87 deaths. Another 3,388 suspected cases are being recorded during the same period.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 14 September 2021)

 

Nigeria: Cholera [Update]

16 September 2021

As of 5 September, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reported a total of 69,925 suspected Cholera cases including 2,323 deaths. Among these cases, 18,132 were reported in Bauchi, 10,187 in Kano and 8,911 in Jigawa.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 14 September 2021)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

14 September 2021

As of 13 September, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 4,100 cases of Dengue Fever infection.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 14 September 2021)

 

Brazil: Brazilian Spotted Fever [Update]

14 September 2021

One fatal case of Brazilian Spotted Fever was reported in São Mateus, Espírito Santo, Brazil. According to the local health officials, the case was infected last week and rapidly progressed to a serious condition.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 13 September 2021)

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Chickenpox

13 September 2021

Twenty cases of Chickenpox were recorded in the space of a week in the Ilebo territory of Kasai province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 12 September 2021)

 

South Africa: Rabies [Update]

13 September 2021

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality of South Africa reported one lethal case of Rabies infection. The deceased child was infected after being bitten by a dog.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 10 September 2021)