Travel Health News

Travel Health News Digest (15 March 2010)

Worldwide: Swine and Seasonal Influenza

As of 28 February 2010, worldwide more than 213 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including at least 16 455 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 5 March 2010)


Vietnam: Avian Influenza, human

In Vietnam, a human case of Avian Influenza was reported in Ha Noi. The victim is a 25-year-old woman who is now in intensive care in hospital.

(Source: ProMED-mail 13 March 2010)


Egypt: Avian Influenza, human

Egypt announced 2 new human cases of H5N1 Avian Influenza. The first victim was a 20-year-old pregnant woman from Qaliobia Governorate. She was hospitalized on 5 March where she received oseltamivir treatment and died on 9 March. The second case was a boy aged 1 and a half years from Kfr Elsheikh Governorate. He was hospitalized on 2 March, where he received oseltamivir treatment. He is in a stable condition. Investigations into the source of infection indicated that the two cases had exposure to sick and dead poultry. Up till now, there were 106 cases with 32 deaths in Egypt.

(Source: World Health Organization 12 March 2010)


Malaysia: Dengue fever

In Malaysia, over 8 000 cases of Dengue Fever with 31 deaths were reported in the first 2 months of this year.

(Source: ProMED-mail 8 March 2010)


Thailand: Chikungunya Fever

Up to 23 February, 344 cases of Chikungunya Fever were reported in 21 provinces in Thailand this year. Most of the cases were reported from southern provinces.

(Source: ProMED-mail 8 March 2010)


Indonesia: Chikungunya Fever

In Indonesia, the ministry reported that almost 20 000 people were infected with Chikungunya Fever from January to February in Lampung alone.

(Source: Pro-MED mail 10 February 2010)


Indonesia: Rabies

Indonesia authority has reported 28 human Rabies deaths in Bali. Local news reported that the number now surpassed 40. The authorities have escalated culling of dogs.

(Source: ProMED-mail 13 March 2010)


South Africa: Rift Valley Fever

In South Africa, an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever affecting 7 people with one death was reported in Free State and Northern Cape provinces.

(Source: National Travel Health Network and Centre, UK 12 March 2010)



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