Travel Health News Digest (10 December 2012)
Sudan: Yellow Fever [Update]
In Darfur, Sudan
, outbreak of Yellow fever
continued. As of 4 December 2012, a total of 732 suspected cases including 165 deaths have been reported in 33 out of 64 localities in Darfur.
(Source:World Health Organization 6 December 2012)
An outbreak of mumps
was reported in Asturias, Spain
and a total of 150 people were affected. Majority of the cases were reported in Langreo.
(Source: ProMED-mail 6 December 2012)
United Kingdom: Norovirus Infection
According to Health Protection Agency in United Kingdom
, activity of Norovirus
infection is increasing and the total number of confirmed laboratory reports of norovirus is 64 per cent higher than the same period in the last season.
(Source: ProMED-mail 5 December 2012)
Australia: Legionnaires' disease
In northeast area of Melbourne, Australia
,3 people were admitted to hospital due to Legionnaires' disease
. The local health authority has launched an investigation to identify the source of infection.
(Source: ProMED-mail 4 December 2012)
In Balochistan, Pakistan
,10 cases of poliomyelitis
have been caused by the new virus, named Sabin-like type 2 poliovirus. Two children from Afghanistan living close to the border with Pakistan have also developed paralysis due to the infection.
(Source: ProMED-mail 3 December 2012)
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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