Travel Health News Digest (30 July 2012)
Uganda: Ebola Hemorrhagic fever
The Ministry of Health of Uganda
had notified WHO of an outbreak of Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever
in Kibaale district in the western part of the country. Since the beginning of July 2012, a total of 20 cases, including 14 deaths have been reported in Uganda.
(Source: World Health Organization 29 July 2012)
Thailand: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
(Source: ProMED-mail 27 July 2012)
United Kingdom: Legionnaires' Disease
There were 15 confirmed cases in the Legionnaires’ Disease
outbreak in Stoke-on-Trent, the United Kingdom
. All those affected are between their late 40s and mid 70s. Investigation of the source of infection is ongoing.
(Source: Health Protection Agency 27 July 2012)
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Cholera
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
reported a sharp increase in the number of Cholera
cases in the armed conflict area of North Kivu. According to the report, 368 new cases were reported from 11June to 1 July. The most affected areas included Birambizo, Goma, Karisimbi, Kiroshe, Mutwanga, Mweso and Rwanguba.
(Source: World Health Organization 23 July 2012)
Sierra Leone: Cholera
There had been 4 249 cases of Cholera
and 76 deaths since January 2012.
(Source: ProMED-mail 26 July 2012)
India: Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever
(Source: ProMED-mail 22 July2012)
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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