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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 and areas, please visit the World Health Organization's thematic webpage at: https://www.who.int/health-topics/monkeypox#tab=tab_1

 

South Africa: Rabies

2 June 2022

South Africa reported three confirmed human Rabies cases in the past month, bringing the total in the country to date to seven.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 1 June 2022)

 

Vietnam: Dengue Fever [Update]

2 June 2022

In the first 5 months of 2022, Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam recorded 10,052 cases of Dengue fever, an increase of 46.4% compared to the same period in 2021 with 6,867 cases.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 1 June 2022)

 

Slovenia: Monkeypox

2 June 2022

Slovenia reported two confirmed cases of Monkeypox. Both cases had traveled to Spain.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 1 June 2022)

 

Czech Republic: Monkeypox

2 June 2022

Czech Republic reported 5 confirmed cases of Monkeypox.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 1 June 2022)

 

Iraq: Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever

1 June 2022

Since January 2022, Iraq has recorded 111 cases of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever in humans, including 19 deaths.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 31 May 2022)

 

Philippines: Dengue Fever [Update]

1 June 2022

According to the Department of Health of the Philippines, 25,268 Dengue cases have been reported year to date.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 31 May 2022)

 

Denmark: Monkeypox

1 June 2022

Denmark reported two cases of Monkeypox. Both cases are related to travel to Spain.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 31 May 2022)

 

Nigeria: Monkeypox [Update]

1 June 2022

To date, Nigeria reported 21 confirmed cases of Monkeypox infection this year.

(Source: Outbreak News Today 30 May 2022)