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Travel Health News Digest (9 September 2014 - 15 September 2014)

Take precautions against dengue fever when travelling abroad

Dengue fever is now endemic in more than 100 countries in Africa, the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific. This includes various popular tourist destinations for Hong Kong people including the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Travellers planning to travel in these areas should take precautions against the disease.

Cumulative reported number of dengue cases since 01/01/2014 *

 

Cumulative reported no.
of cases since 01/01/2014

Source of information and date of report

Australia

1,147

World Health Organization, 12 August 2014

Brazil

511,080

World Health Organization, 4 September 2014

Cambodia

1,520

World Health Organization, 12 August 2014

Guangdong

Taiwan

148

2,048

Department of Health of Guangdong Province, 15 August 2014
CDC, ROC (Taiwan), 15 September 2014

India

5,218

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India, 31 July 2014

Japan

134

National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, 3 September 2014

Lao PDR

1,147

World Health Organization, 12 August 2014

Malaysia

53,246

World Health Organization, 12 August 2014

Mexico

54,807

World Health Organization, 4 September 2014

New Caledonia

105

World Health Organization, 12 August 2014

Philippines

35,264

World Health Organization, 12 August 2014

Singapore

14,651

Singapore National Environment Agency, 12 September 2014

Sri Lanka

29,663

Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, 12 September 2014

Thailand

22,903

Ministry of Public Health, Thailand,10 September 2014

Vietnam

9,331

World Health Organization, 12 August 2014

Remark:
* Dengue reporting systems vary by country.

Travellers should stay vigilant against dengue fever and adopt the following personal preventive measures against mosquito bite:

* Always wear loose, light-coloured long-sleeved tops and trousers;
* Stay in air-conditioned residence or places with mosquito screens;
* If mosquito screen or air-conditioning is absent, aerosol insecticide and bed nets are advised;
* Use insect repellents containing DEET on exposed skin and clothing;
* Use insect repellents containing DEET apart from applying sunscreen while staying in beaches;
* Re-apply insect repellents according to instructions during the trip;
* Carry a portable bed nets and apply permethrin on it as well as to clothes if travelling to rural areas where dengue fever is prevalent.

Travellers returning from areas where dengue fever is prevalent should seek medical advice as soon as possible if they feel unwell and provide travel details to their doctors.

 

Japan: Dengue Fever [Update]

Japan reported 113 local cases of dengue fever. Most of the cases have been to Yoyogi Park and surrounding areas in Tokyo.

(Source: National Institute of Infectious Diseases 12 September 2014)

 

Guinea: Ebola virus disease [Update]

As of 7 September 2014, Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 861 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 557 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 12 September 2014)

 

Sierra Leone: Ebola virus disease [Update]

As of 7 September 2014, Sierra Leone has reported a cumulative total of 1424 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 524 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 12 September 2014)

 

Liberia: Ebola virus disease [Update]

As of 7 September 2014, the total number of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in Liberia is 2081 including 1137 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 12 September 2014)

 

Samoa: Chikungunya Fever

There have been 433 cases of Chikungunya Fever in Samoa over the past month.

(Source: ProMED-mail 11 September 2014)

 

USA: Eastern Equine Encephalitis

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services in USA announced the second human case of eastern equine encephalitis in the state.

(Source: ProMED-mail 11 September 2014)

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ebola virus disease [Update]

As of 9 September 2014, the total number of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in Equateur province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is 62 including 35 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 10 September 2014)

 

Moldova: Anthrax

In Moldova, 9 people contracted anthrax after processing an anthrax affected dead cow.

(Source: ProMED-mail 10 September 2014)

 

Pakistan: Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever

The second Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever case in 2014 was reported in Karachi, Pakistan.

(Source: ProMED-mail 10 September 2014) 

 

Guinea: Ebola virus disease [Update]

As of 6 September 2014, Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 862 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 555 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 8 September 2014)

 

Sierra Leone: Ebola virus disease [Update]

As of 6 September 2014, Sierra Leone has reported a cumulative total of 1361 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 509 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 8 September 2014)

 

 Liberia: Ebola virus disease [Update]

As of 6 September 2014, the total number of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in Liberia is 2046 including 1224 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 8 September 2014)

 

Nigeria: Ebola virus disease [Update]

As of 6 September 2014, the total number of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in Nigeria is 21 including 8 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 8 September 2014)

 

Senegal: Ebola virus disease

As of 6 September 2014, the total number of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in Senegal is 3.


(Source: World Health Organization 8 September 2014)

 

Japan: Dengue Fever [Update]

Japan reported 85 epidemiological linked local cases of dengue fever at Yoyogi Park and surrounding areas in Tokyo.

(Source: National Institute of Infectious Diseases 9 September 2014)

 

USA: Eastern Equine Encephalitis

The Mobile County Health Department of USA confirmed on 5 September 2014 a case of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus infection in a human.

(Source: ProMED-mail 9 September 2014)

 

South Sudan: Leishmaniasis

 

The health ministry in Jonglei state of South Sudan has reported an outbreak of visceral leishmaniasis in its remote Akobo and Nyirol counties.

(Source: ProMED-mail 9 September 2014)

 

Mexico: Cholera

Hidalgo, Mexico reported 13 cases of cholera.

(Source: ProMED-mail 9 September 2014)

 

USA: Enterovirus Infection

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in USA was notified on 19 and 23 August 2014 respectively by Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, and University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital in Illinois of an increase  in patients examined and hospitalized with severe respiratory illness. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) was identified in 19 of 22 specimens from Kansas City and in 11 of 14 specimens from Chicago.

(Source: Centres for Disease Control and Prevention 8 September 2014)

 

 

Last revision date: 15 September 2014