Travel Health Service Year 2021

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Current Travel Health News

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

Kenya: Anthrax

22 January 2021

Kenya officials reported an Anthrax outbreak in Sotik Constituency of Rift Valley Province. Six people were hospitalized and one died. It is believed the group came into contact with a cow died from suspected anthrax.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 21 January 2021)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

21 January 2021

As of 16 January 2021, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 361 Dengue cases.

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

 

Nigeria: Lassa fever

20 January 2021

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reported 9 cases of Lassa fever including 2 fatal cases in the first week of 2021.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 19 January 2021)

 

Nigeria: Cholera

20 January 2021

The Cholera outbreak in the Benue region in Nigeria has resulted in 14 deaths, so far this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 17 January 2021)

 

Peru: Dengue Fever

20 January 2021

In 2020, Peru has reported 56,394 cases of Dengue infection, including 88 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 15 January 2021)