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Travel Health News Digest (14 November 2011)

Peru: Yellow Fever

Peru confirmed the first Yellow Fever case in the Llochegua district on 11 November. Health Officials arranged free vaccination for local population. At the same time, intensification of mosquito control was carried out.

(Source: ProMED-mail 11 November 2011)

 

Japan: Avian Influenza, poultry

In Japan, Avian Influenza virus infection has been confirmed in a dead tundra swan collected in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture.

(Source: ProMED-mail 12 November 2011)

 

India: Japanese Encephalitis

In Gorakhpur of India, five more children died of Japanese Encephalitis, taking the death toll to 551 in eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh in 2011.

(Source: Promed-mail 9 November 2011)

 

Mexico: Hepatitis A

The secretary of health of Mexico issued an alert of Hepatitis A. The number of persons infected with Hepatitis A increased in the northeastern municipalities. The most affected area is San Miguel de Allende, where 393 cases have been reported in the past few months.

(Source: Promed-mail 10 November 2011)

 

Uganda: Anthrax

Two people died of Anthrax in Sheema District of Uganda.

(Source: Promed-mail 8 November 2011)

 

Thailand: Leptospirosis

The Thailand Public Health Ministry warned of possible Leptospirosis in flooded areas and against consuming ice and iced drinks from unknown production sources.

(Source: Promed-mail 9 November 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.

For more information, please visit the OTA webpage.

(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.

For more information, please visit the OTA webpage.

(Source: Security Bureau, Government of Hong Kong SAR 20 September 2010)

 

WHO FAQs: Japan Concerns

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization webpage.

 

 

Last revision date: 10 October 2012