Travel Health News Digest (12 November 2012)
India: Japanese Encephalitis
has killed at least 24 children in Malkangiri district of Odisha, India
. Blood samples were collected from the affected children and 10 samples were tested positive for Japanese encephalitis virus.
(Source: ProMED-mail 11 November 2012)
Between January and September 2012, 589 cases of pertussis
were confirmed in Bogota, Columbia
with 23 children younger than 5 years old died of the infection.
(Source: ProMED-mail 8 November 2012)
A case of anthrax
was reported in the Altai region of Russia
in November 2012. A man contracted the disease after slaughtering a cow infected with anthrax spores.
(Source: ProMED-mail 7 November 2012)
Sudan: Yellow Fever [Update]
In central and southern regions of Darfur, Sudan,
outbreak of Yellow fever
continued. According to the local health authority, number of cases has increased to more than 143 including 63 deaths.
(Source: ProMED-mail 6 November 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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