Travel Health News Digest (5 December 2011)
Egypt: Avian Influenza, human
The Ministry of Health of Egypt
has notified WHO of 1 case of human infection with Avian Influenza A
(H5N1) virus. The case is a 31-year-old female from Meet Salseel district, Dakahlia governorate, who developed symptoms on 10 November and was admitted on 16 November. She was in critical condition.
(Source: World Health Organization 29 November 2011)
Senegal: Yellow Fever
notified WHO of 3 cases of Yellow Fever
on 26 October 2011. The patients were all females, aged 3 to 29. The onset time was between July to August 2011. All three cases have fully recovered.
(Source: World Health Organization 1 December 2011)
Czech Republic: Hepatitis A
An epidemic of Hepatitis A
infection was reported in Ostrava, the third largest city in the Czech Republic
since the summer this year. A total of 35 people were affected.
(Source: ProMED- Mail 27 November 2011)
A death case due to Rabies
was reported in Morona-Santiago, Ecuador
. Local Health Office recorded 4 Rabies
deaths in November. Eight children with compatible symptoms were admitted to hospital.
(Source: ProMED- mail 29 November 2011)
Nepal: Avian Influenza, poultry
, more than 500 chickens have been culled in Bhaktapur due to Avian Influenza
(Source: ProMED-mail 29 November 2011)
In Delhi, India,
100 cases of Chikungunya Fever
were reported this year compared with 70 cases reported in 2010. Health Authority had already taken all precautionary measures to prevent mosquito breeding and advised people to keep their surroundings clean.
(Source: ProMED-mail 3 December 2011)
Syria: Black Travel Alert
As widespread violent clashes occurred in many cities across Syria, including Daraa, Latakia, Damascus, Baniyas, Aleppo, Homs and Hama, resulting in serious casualties, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has raised the Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) for Syria to Black. Residents are urged to avoid all travel to the country. Those already there should attend to their personal safety and avoid protests and large gatherings of people.
(Source: Security Bureau, Government of Hong Kong SAR 26 April 2011)
Philippines: Black Travel Alert
Following the hostage taking incident in the Philippines which had caused casualties, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has raised the Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) for the Philippines to Black. Hong Kong residents are urged to avoid all travel to the Philippines. Those already there should attend to their personal safety and stay alert.
(Source: Security Bureau, Government of Hong Kong SAR 20 September 2010)
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