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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

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:


Portugal: Monkeypox [Update]

30 June 2022

Portugal reported 391 cases of Monkeypox infection so far.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 29 June 2022)


Philippines: Dengue Fever [Update]

30 June 2022

Health officials in the Central Visayas, Philippines reported a total of 6,399 cases and 47 deaths of Dengue Fever, from 1 January to 18 June this year, an increase of 579 percent compared the same period last year (942 cases and five deaths)

(Source: Outbreak News Today 29 June 2022)


France: Monkeypox [Update]

30 June 2022

According to Sante Publique France, as of 28 June, 440 confirmed cases of Monkeypox have been reported.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 28 June 2022)


South Africa: Monkeypox [Update]

29 June 2022

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases of South Africa reported the second confirmed case of Monkeypox. The case is a 30-year-old male residing in the Gauteng province with no recent travel history.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 28 June 2022)


Singapore: Dengue Fever [Update]

29 June 2022

As of 25 Jun, Singapore's National Environment Agency reported 17,027 cases of Dengue Fever infection.

(Source: Singapore's National Environment Agency 28 June 2022)


Benin: Monkeypox

29 June 2022

Benin reported 3 cases of Monkeypox. Two of the cases had recent travel history to Nigeria.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 27 June 2022)