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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)

 

Madagascar: Plague

In Madagascar, 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)

 

UK: Mumps

Fourteen cases of Mumps have been confirmed across Cumbria, UK. The number of cases is on the rise.

(Source: ProMED-mail 12 October 2011)

 

USA: Tularemia

In USA, 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.

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