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

Bangladesh: Dengue Fever [Update]

20 August 2021

Bangladesh reported 6,956 cases of Dengue Fever this year, among these 6,570 cases have been reported in the capital Dhaka.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 19 August 2021)

 

Brazil: Chikungunya Fever [Update]

20 August 2021

As of July 30, Pernambuco State Health Department, Brazil reported that 9,378 cases of Chikungunya Fever have been confirmed, compared to 1,648 confirmed cases in 2020.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 18 August 2021)

 

Philippines: Dengue Fever [Update]

20 August 2021

In Philippine, Baguio health officials have reported 671 Dengue cases from January to August 6 this year, compared to the 123 cases in the same period last year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 17 August 2021)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

17 August 2021

As of 16 August, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 3,895 cases of Dengue infection.

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

 

Venezuela: Salmonella

17 August 2021

Anzoátegui State, Venezuela reported 571 cases of Salmonella infection, including two deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 16 August 2021)

 

Bangladesh: Dengue fever [Update]

17 August 2021

Bangladesh reported 6,100 cases of Dengue Fever this year. 95% have been reported in the capital Dhaka.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 15 August 2021)

 

Côte d’Ivoire: Ebola Virus Disease

17 August 2021

The Government of Republic of Côte d’Ivoire has declared the presence of a case of Ebola virus infection in the capital Abidjan. The case is 18-year-old Guinean girl who travelled from Labe in Guinea to Abidjan by road on 11 August 2021.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 15 August 2021)

 

Mainland China: Suspected Anthrax [Update]

17 August 2021

Officials in Shanxi Province, mainland China are reporting 9 suspected Anthrax cases in villagers from Wenshui County. All of the patients were involved in the cattle industry, from breeding, to slaughter and beef sales.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 14 August 2021)

 

USA: West Nile Virus [Update]

17 August 2021

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, USA reported 2 cases of West Nile Virus infection.
In 2020, Colorado had reported 35 cases, including one death.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 14 August 2021)

 

Nigeria: Lassa Fever [Update]

17 August 2021

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reported 4 additional confirmed Lassa Fever cases in the first week of August, bringing the total to 350 cases including 70 deaths, so far this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 13 August 2021)