Travel Health News Digest (20 February 2012)
Vietnam: Avian Influenza, poultry
, outbreaks of Avian Influenza
which killed 800 birds were reported in Ha Tinh. The remaining 1 200 birds were culled.
(Source: World Organization for Animal Health 15 February 2012)
Malaysia: Chikungunya Fever
Twenty-two lecturers and students of a private college in Selangor, Malaysia
had tested positive for Chikungunya Fever
after returning from a trip to Pangkor Island in Perak.
(Source: Promed Mail 12 February 2012)
India: Typhoid Fever
A village in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district, India
had reported more than 15 Typhoid Fever
patients. According to the official, contamination in the drinking water pipeline could be the reason for the disease outbreak.
(Source: ProMED-mail 12 February 2012)
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Cholera
epidemic was reported in the village of Muanda, Bas-Congo province of Democratic Republic of the Congo
, at least 4 people died.
(Source: ProMED-mail 13 February 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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