Travel Health News Digest (17 October 2011)
Singapore: Dengue Fever
As of 8 October, the Ministry of Health of Singapore
has reported 4 473 cases of Dengue Fever
and 17 cases of Haemorrhagic Dengue Fever this year.
(Source: Ministry of Health, Singapore 12 October 2011)
Indonesia: Avian Influenza, human
The Ministry of Health of Indonesia
announced an 1-year-old girl from West Jakarta district was confirmed to be infected with H5N1 Avian Influenza
. Of the 179 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 147 have been fatal.
(Source: World Health Organization 10 October 2011)
Iran: Avian Influenza, poultry
Two outbreaks of H5N1 Avian Influenza
affecting thousands of birds were reported in Mazandaran of Iran
(Source: ProMED-mail 15 October 2011)
, there was a pneumonic Plague
epidemic in the district of Miarinarivo located in the province of Antananarivo. One person died of the disease and 5 other persons were treated at the hospital.
(Source: ProMED-mail 14 October 2011)
Fourteen cases of Mumps
have been confirmed across Cumbria, UK
. The number of cases is on the rise.
(Source: ProMED-mail 12 October 2011)
, the Delaware Public Health Laboratory confirmed Delaware's first case of Tularemia
since 2003, in a 45-year-old man from Kent County.
(Source: ProMED-mail 11 October 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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