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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/en/features/105683.html

 

Vietnam: Dengue Fever [Update]

27 June 2022

Vietnam reported more than 10,000 cases of Dengue fever last week. From the beginning of the year through June 24, Vietnam had recorded about 77,000 cases of Dengue fever.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 26 June 2022)

 

Iraq: Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever [Update]

27 June 2022

The Iraq National Center for Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases have recorded 208 confirmed cases of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever including 35 deaths this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 25 June 2022)

 

Germany: Monkeypox [Update]

27 June 2022

As of June 24, 2022, 676 cases of Monkeypox were reported in Germany.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 25 June 2022)

 

Philippines: Dengue Fever [Update]

27 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 25 June 2022)

 

Colombia: Monkeypox

27 June 2022

The Colombia Ministry of Health recorded 3 cases of Monkeypox in Bogota and Medellin.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 24 June 2022)

 

Honduras: Dengue Fever [Update]

27 June 2022

To date, the Honduras Ministry of Health reported a total of 7,264 cases of Dengue fever.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 24 June 2022)

 

Mongolia: Anthrax

27 June 2022

According to a Xinhua report, a human Anthrax case has been reported in Uvs province in western Mongolia.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 24 June 2022)

 

USA: Monkeypox [Update]

24 June 2022

In USA, the Houston Health Department announced on 18 June a confirmed Monkeypox infection in a Houston resident with recent international travel.

The New York City Health Department reports that 30 people in New York City have tested positive for orthopoxvirus. All cases are likely Monkeypox. The current cases are primarily spreading among social networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

(Outbreak News Today 21 & 23 June 2022)

 

South Africa: Monkeypox

24 June 2022

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa confirms that a case of Monkeypox has been identified on 22 June. The case is a 30-year-old male residing in the Gauteng province. He reports no recent travel history.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 23 June 2022)

 

France: Monkeypox

24 June 2022

According to Public Health France, as of 21 June, 277 confirmed cases of Monkeypox have been reported in France. Among these cases, a first female case has been confirmed, whose mode of transmission is under investigation, and all the others are male.

To date, as in other European countries, these cases have occurred mainly, but not exclusively, in men who have sex with men (MSM), with no direct link to people returning from endemic areas. The majority of cases report multiple sexual partners.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 22 June 2022)

 

Singapore: Monkeypox

24 June 2022

The Singapore Ministry of Health has confirmed one imported case of Monkeypoxinfection. The patient is a 42-year-old male British national who works as a flight attendant. He tested positive for monkeypox on 20 June.

As of 21 June, 13 close contacts have been identified. All close contacts will be placed on quarantine for 21 days since their last contact with the case.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 21 June 2022)

 

Malaysia: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease [Update]

24 June 2022

As of 18 June, the Malaysia Ministry of Health has reported a total of 106,477 cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, a 39-fold increase over the same period in 2021.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 21 June 2022)

 

Taiwan: Japanese Encephalitis

24 June 2022

The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first confirmed case of Japanese Encephalitis of this year. The case was reported in Tainan City and did not have recent foreign travel history.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 21 June 2022)

 

Philippines: Dengue Fever [Update]

24 June 2022

Officials in Zamboanga City, Philippines reported a total of 2,628 cases of Dengue Fever, so far this year. Bringing the incidence rate to 293.24 per 100,000 population.

As of 4 June, 39,705 cases of Dengue Fever were reported in Philippines.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 21 June 2022)

 

Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

21 June 2022

As of 20 Jun, Singapore's National Environment Agency reported 16,028 cases of Dengue Fever infection.

(Source: Singapore's National Environment Agency 21 June 2022)

 

Brazil: Monkeypox [Update]

21 June 2022

The Ministry of Health was notified of the eighth case of Monkeypox in Brazil. The patient is a 25-year-old man, resident of Maricá, in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro. He did not travel abroad, but he had contact with foreigners.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 20 June 2022)

 

Ethiopia: Anthrax

21 June 2022

On 10 June, 9 cases of confirmed Anthrax were reported in Tigray, Ethiopia.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 20 June 2022)

 

Kyrgyzstan: Chickenpox

21 June 2022

The Kyrgyzstan Department of State Sanitary and Epidemiological Surveillance reported 9,205 cases of Chickenpox since start of the year. Most of the cases are in children under the age of 14.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 20 June 2022)

 

Lebanon: Monkeypox

21 June 2022

The Lebanon Ministry of Public Health reported the first case of Monkeypox in a person who returned from abroad.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 20 June 2022)

 

USA: Monkeypox [Update]

21 June 2022

In USA, the Maryland Department of Health reported the first case of Monkeypox infection in an adult resident.

In Missouri, 1 case of probable Monkeypox infection was reported in a resident with recent out-of-state travel history.

(Outbreak News Today 17 & 19 June 2022)

 

Pakistan: Cholera

21 June 2022

During 15 January to 27 May, 234 confirmed Cholera cases were reported in Sindh province, Pakistan. In addition, Balochistan and Punjab provinces have also reported 31 and 25 confirmed cases of Cholera, respectively. Half of the cases were reported in children under the age of nine. No deaths have been reported.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 18 June 2022)

 

Vietnam: Dengue Fever [Update]

21 June 2022

The Vietnam Ministry of Health has recorded more than 60,000 cases of Dengue Fever, an increase of 97% over the same period last year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 18 June 2022)

 

Chile: Monkeypox

21 June 2022

The Chile Ministry of Health confirmed the first case of Monkeypox in the country. The patient is a young adult from the Metropolitan Region with a history of travel to Europe.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 18 June 2022)

 

Philippines: Dengue Fever [Update]

21 June 2022

As of 11 June, 3,844 cases of Dengue Fever infection were reported in in Northern Mindanao, Philippines, a 134% increase as compared to same period last year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 18 June 2022)

 

Iraq: Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever [Update]

21 June 2022

The Iraq National Center for Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases have recorded 171 confirmed cases of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever including 32 deaths, since the beginning of 2022.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 17 June 2022)

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Typhoid

21 June 2022

As of 22 May, 755,014 suspected cases of Typhoid infection including 376 deaths were recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 17 June 2022)

 

Ghana: Monkeypox

21 June 2022

Ghana reported 5 confirmed cases of Monkeypox out of 12 suspected cases sampled between 24 May and 8 June 2022. These cases were reported from the Eastern, Western, and Greater Accra regions.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 17 June 2022)