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

South Africa: Rabies [Update]

26 November 2021

Since the beginning of this year, 17 cases of confirmed Rabies infection have been reported in South Africa.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 25 November 2021)

 

USA: West Nile Virus infection [Update]

26 November 2021

As of 16 November, United States of America reported 1,974 cases of West Nile Virus infection and 79 deaths. About half of the cases were reported in Maricopa County, Arizona.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 24 November 2021)

 

Nigeria: Malaria

26 November 2021

The Nigeria Minister of Health said that Malaria is endemic in the whole country, 76% of the population living in high transmission areas and on estimation at least 30 children are lost to malaria daily.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 24 November 2021)

 

Argentina: Syphilis

26 November 2021

According to official statistics in La Pampa, Argentina, 460 cases of Syphilis infection were reported during the first 10 months of this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 24 November 2021)

 

India: Dengue Fever [Update]

25 November 2021

India reported 1,850 Dengue Fever cases in Delhi in the past week, bringing the total cases in the capital to 7,128.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 23 November 2021)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

23 November 2021

As of 19 November, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 4,869 cases of Dengue infection.

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

 

Pakistan: Dengue fever [Update]

23 November 2021

Health authority in Punjab province,Pakistan reported 23,576 cases of Dengue infection and 118 deaths so far this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 21 November 2021)

 

Spain: Scabies

23 November 2021

About 9,000 cases of Scabies have been reported in the island of Mallorca, Spain so far this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 21 November 2021)

 

Ukraine: Foodborne botulism

23 November 2021

Two cases of foodborne Botulism were reported in Berdyansk, Zaporizhzhia Oblast in southeastern Ukraine.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 20 November 2021)

 

Argentina: Anthrax

23 November 2021

One suspected case of Cutaneous Anthrax was reported in the rural areas of La Pampa province, Argentina.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 18 November 2021)