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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

Take precautions against Monkeypox when travelling abroad

Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease caused by Monkeypox virus. Often found in tropical forest regions of Central and West Africa. It is mainly transmitted by contact with infected animals, human-to-human transmission is limited. Incubation period is mainly from 6 to 13 days, symptoms are similar with Smallpox infection, but less severe.

Since 6 May this year, multiple outbreaks were reported in Europe and North America countries, and many patient are self-identified as bisexual or men who have sex with men. Travellers planning to travel in these areas should avoid contact with infected person. Travellers returning from these areas shall notify the doctor to seek medical treatment and inform the travel situation if feeling unwell.

For more information on Monkeypox, including the latest situation in overseas countries or places, please visit the World Health Organization and Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpages at: https://www.who.int/health-topics/monkeypox#tab=tab_1
https://www.chp.gov.hk/files/pdf/list_of_affected_countries.pdf

 

Afghanistan: Measles [Update]

17 June 2022

As of end of May, UNICEF reported a total of 50,433 cases of Measles including 309 deaths in Afghanistan.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 16 June 2022)

 

Philippines: Dengue Fever [Update]

16 June 2022

According to the Department of Health of the Philippines, 34,938 Dengue cases have been reported year to date.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 15 June 2022)

 

UK: Monkeypox [Update]

16 June 2022

As of 14 June, the UK Health Security Agency recorded 524 cases of Monkeypox.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 15 June 2022)

 

Brazil: Dengue Fever [Update]

16 June 2022

Brazil reported 1.1 million probable cases of Dengue fever infection so far this year, more than twice the number of cases recorded in the entire year of 2021.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 14 June 2022)

 

Vietnam: Dengue Fever [Update]

16 June 2022

As of 12 June, Vietnam recorded more than 52,200 cases of Dengue Fever, of which 29 died.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 14 June 2022)

 

Malaysia: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease [Update]

15 June 2022

As of 11 June, the Malaysia Ministry of Health has reported a total of 95,924 cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, a 36-fold increase over the same period in 2021.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 14 June 2022)

 

Venezuela: Monkeypox

15 June 2022

Venezuela reported its first case of Monkeypox in a traveler from Spain.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 13 June 2022)