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Travel Health News Digest (24 January 2011)

Egypt: Avian Influenza, human

Egypt announced a new case of human H5N1 Avian Influenza infection. The case was a 18-month-old child from Alexandria Governorate.  The child was under treatment at hospital and was in stable condition.  Of the 121 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 40 have been fatal.

(Source: World Health Organisation 19 January 2011)


Japan : Avian Influenza, poultry

In Japan, highly pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza has been detected in the corpses of 2 migratory wild ducks found at a reservoir in Koriyama, Fukushima.

(Source: ProMED-mail 21 January 2011)


South Korea : Avian Influenza, poultry

In South Korea, an outbreak of H5N1 Avian Influenza was reported in a chicken farm in Paju, northwest of Seoul. The remaining 7 000 chickens were culled.

(Source: ProMED-mail 20 January 2011)


Myanmar: Avian Influenza, poultry

In Myanmar, an outbreak of Avian Influenza which killed 500 chickens was reported in Bumay-Letthamar village. A total of 800 chickens were culled.

(Source: World Organisation for Animal Health 18 January 2011)


Australia: Flooding and Leptospirosis [update]

Four people were confirmed and another person suspected to have suffered from Leptospirosis in Theodore, Queensland, Australia after the recent severe floods started in December 2010.

(Source: ProMED-mail 21 January 2011)


Uganda: Yellow Fever [update]

A total of 226 cases compatible with the clinical case definition of Yellow Fever including 53 deaths have been reported by 12 districts in northern Uganda since November 2010.

(Source: ProMED-mail 19 January 2011)


Philippines: Black Travel Alert

Following the hostage taking incident in the Philippines which had caused casualties, the Hong Kong SAR 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)



Last revision date: 10 October 2012