Travel Health News Digest (25 June 2012)
United Kingdom: Legionnaires' Disease [Update]
The latest report on the outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease
in Edinburgh of Scotland, the United Kingdom
shows that there were 47 confirmed and 46 suspected cases. Investigation of the source of infection is ongoing.
(Source: NHS Lothian 22 June 2012)
There could be a potential outbreak of Leishmaniasis
. Totally 36 cases had been reported in 2012, of them, 7 cases were from a south central city, Neiva.
(Source: ProMED-mail 16 June 2012)
India: Hepatitis E
There were 12 Hepatitis E
deaths and over 4 085 people infected in a month at Ichalkaranji, India
(Source: ProMED-mail 21 June 2011)
The Philippines: Cholera
outbreak with 1 370 cases including 8 deaths were reported in Catanduanes, the Philippines
from 1 Jan 2012 to 13 Jun 2012.
(Source: ProMED-mail 20 June 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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