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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

Taiwan: Dengue Fever [Update]

10 January 2022

Taiwan reported 12 cases of Dengue infection in 2021.

(Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control 10 January 2022)

 

Colombia: Chagas Disease

10 January 2022

Officials with the Colombian Army reported 7 cases of Chagas Disease and 2 soldiers died. The infections have been linked to the consumption of infected food.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 3 January 2022)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

7 January 2022

As of 6 January, Singapore's National Environment Agency reported 66 cases of Dengue Fever infection.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 7 January 2022)

 

Philippines: Typhoid

7 January 2022

Health Officials in North Cotabato, Philippine reported an outbreak of Typhoid in the village of Manaulanan. So far, at least 30 persons have been hospitalized.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 6 January 2022)

 

Zimbabwe: Bacillary Dysentery

7 January 2022

As of 12 December 2021, Zimbabwe recorded 13,397 cases of Bacillary Dysentery with 22 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 6 January 2022)

 

Ireland: Syphilis

7 January 2022

Ireland's Health Protection Surveillance Centre reported 792 cases of Syphilis in 2021. Among these, 630 cases were reported in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 6 January 2022)

 

USA: West Nile Virus

7 January 2022

Health officials in Arizona, United States of America reported a total of 1,567 cases of West Nile Virus including 110 deaths in 2021. About 85% of the cases were reported from Maricopa County.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 5 January 2022)

 

USA: Hepatitis A

7 January 2022

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, United States of America reported 8 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A infections including 1 death in southeast Pennsylvania.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 5 January 2022)

 

India: Leishmaniasis

7 January 2022

The Union Health Ministry, India reports 33 deaths due to visceral Leishmaniasis in November 2021. Among these cases, 24 were reported in Bihar state and 7 in neighboring Jharkland. No deaths were reported in 2020 and early 2021 in both states.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 4 January 2022)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

4 January 2022

Singapore's National Environment Agency reported 5,259 cases of Dengue Fever infection in 2021.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 4 January 2022)

 

Bolivia: Rabies [Update]

4 January 2022

In December 2021, one case of Rabies was reported in Potosí, Bolivia. The 13-year-old teenager contracted the infection after being bitten by her own puppy.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 3 January 2022)

 

Saudi Arabia: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome [Update]

4 January 2022

In 2021, Saudi Arabia reported 17 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

For more information on MERS, please visit the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/26511.html

(Source: Outbreak News Today 2 January 2022)

 

Mexico: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever [Update]

4 January 2022

In 2021, a total of 58 cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever including 15 deaths were reported in Baja California, Mexico.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 28 June 2021)