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

USA: Norovirus

26 April 2021

The Douglas County Health Department, USA is urging people to take extra food safety precautions to avoid getting sick from Norovirus. So far, 82 cases have been reported in the county.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 25 April 2021)

 

Kenya: Dengue Fever

26 April 2021

Public health officials in Mombasa, Kenya are reporting an outbreak of Dengue infection. So far, 24 cases have been confirmed. No deaths have been reported.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 24 April 2021)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

22 April 2021

As of 21 April 2021, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 2,151 Dengue cases.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 22 April 2021)

 

Brazil: Chikungunya Fever

22 April 2021

The Paraná State Department of Health, Brazil warned today of the increase in Chikungunya Fever cases, a disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. So far, 193 notifications and 29 confirmed cases have been reported.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 20 April 2021)