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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

Syria: Leishmaniasis

17 January 2022

Since August 2021 till the end of last year, Khabur area of northeasten Syria reported 16,500 cases of Leishmaniasis.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 16 January 2022)

 

Panama: Dengue fever

17 January 2022

One death and 21 confirmed cases of Dengue fever were reported early in 2022 in the Metropolitan Region of Panama City, Panama.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 14 January 2022)

 

Nigeria: Lassa fever [Update]

17 January 2022

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reported 48 confirmed cases of Lassa fever in the first week of 2022, two deaths were reported among the confirmed cases.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 14 January 2022)

 

Argentina: Botulism

14 January 2022

An outbreak of food borne Botulism has been reported in Andresito, in Posadas, Argentina. This has caused the death of 3 people with another 8 cases in critical condition.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 13 January 2022)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

11 January 2022

As of 10 January, Singapore's National Environment Agency reported 126 cases of Dengue Fever infection.

(Source: Singapore’s National Environment Agency 11 January 2022)

 

Philippines: Rabies

11 January 2022

In 2021, 12 lethal cases of Rabies infection were reported in Iloilo province, Philippines.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 10 January 2022)

 

Nigeria: Monkeypox

11 January 2022

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reported 98 suspected cases of Monkeypox in 2021. Among these, 34 cases were confirmed.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 10 January 2022)

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Typhoid

11 January 2022

According to the World Health Organization, as of 12 December, Democratic Republic of the Congo reported 1,380,955 suspected cases of Typhoid infection and 502 deaths in 2021.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 8 January 2022)

 

South Sudan: Malaria

11 January 2022

According to the World Health Organization, as of 19 December, South Sudan reported 3,707,252 cases of Malaria infection and 2,923 deaths in 2021.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 8 January 2022)

 

USA: Rabies

11 January 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United Sates of America reported a total of 5 Rabies cases with deaths in 2021, 4 cases were infected by bat in USA. The other victim was bitten by a rabid dog while traveling in the Philippines and died in New York after return.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 7 January 2022)