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Take precautions against dengue fever when travelling abroad

As the dengue activity in southern Taiwan remains high, public are reminded to take anti-mosquito measures when travelling to the area and other Southeast Asian countries, in order to prevent dengue fever.

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 01/01/2015 *

 

Cumulative reported no.
of cases since 01/01/2015

Source of information and date of report

Australia

1,378

World Health Organization, 6 October 2015

Brazil

1,416,179

World Health Organization, 15 October 2015

Cambodia

5,274

World Health Organization, 6 October 2015

Guangdong

Taiwan

791

24,507^

Health Department of Guangdong Province, 21 September 2015
CDC, ROC (Taiwan), 16 October 2015

India

35,422

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India, 30 September 2015

Japan

229

National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, 13 October 2015

Lao PDR

1,316

World Health Organization, 6 October 2015

Malaysia

89,744

World Health Organization, 6 October 2015

Mexico

139,966

World Health Organization, 15 October 2015

Philippines

78,808

World Health Organization, 6 October 2015

Singapore

7,967

Singapore National Environment Agency, 15 October 2015

Sri Lanka

21,636

Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, 15 October 2015

Thailand

91,418

Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, 14 October 2015

Vietnam

39,547

World Health Organization, 6 October 2015

Remark:
* Dengue reporting systems vary by country.
^ Cumulative local cases since this summer

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.

 

Guinea: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 3,802 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 2,534 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 15 October 2015)

 

Sierra Leone: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Sierra Leone has reported a cumulative total of 13,992 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 3,955 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 15 October 2015)

 

Brazil: Zika Virus Infection

15 cases of Zika virus infection were reported in Alagoas state of Brazil.

(Source: ProMED-mail 14 October 2015)

 

Ghana: Rabies

Between January and September 2015, 6 children have died from rabies in Accra of Ghana.

(Source: ProMED-mail 13 October 2015)

 

Mainland: Avian Influenza, human

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health today (October 13) was notified of two human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Zhejiang by the National Health and Family Planning Commission, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

According to the National Health and Family Planning Commission, the cases comprise a male poultry worker aged 53 in Jinhua with onset on September 21, and a female farmer aged 55 in Huzhou who had poultry exposure with onset on September 18. Both are now in a serious condition.

From 2013 to date, 659 human cases of avian influenza A (H7N9) have been reported by the Mainland health authorities.

(Source: The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health 13 October 2015)

 

Iraq: Cholera [Update]

As of 8 October 2015, a total of 1,263 confirmed cases of cholera were reported from at least 15 governorates of Iraq.

(Source: World Health Organization 12 October 2015)

 

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome [Update]

Between 27 September and 1 October 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

(Source: World Health Organization 12 October 2015)

 

Jordan: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome [Update]

On 7 October 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

(Source: World Health Organization 12 October 2015)

 

India: Chikungunya fever

As of 1 October 2015, 1,583 cases of chikungunya fever were reported in Karnataka state of India.

(Source: ProMED-mail 12 October 2015)

 

Guinea: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 3,798 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 2,534 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 12 October 2015)

 

Sierra Leone: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Sierra Leone has reported a cumulative total of 13,978 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 3,955 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 12 October 2015)

 

 

Last revision date: 16 October 2015