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

Taiwan: Dengue Fever [Update]

30 January 2021

As of 30 January 2021, Taiwan reported 2 imported cases of Dengue infection, one from Cambodia, another one from Philippine.

(Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control 30 January 2021)


Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

30 January 2021

As of 29 January 2021, Singapore’s National Environment Agency reported 635 Dengue cases.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 29 January 2021)


Nigeria: Lassa fever [Update]

30 January 2021

As of 17 January, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reported 226 suspected and 23 confirmed cases of Lassa fever, 4 deaths were reported among the confirmed cases.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 28 January 2021)


Japan: Syphilis [Update]

30 January 2021

Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo has reported 5,784 Syphilis cases in 2020. Among these cases, 1,550 were reported in Tokyo and 889 in Osaka.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 26 January 2021)


Argentina: Typhoid

30 January 2021

Argentina reports 145 confirmed Typhoid cases since the beginning of this year, among these, 80% were reported in Salta province.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 24 January 2021)