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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

1,393

World Health Organization, 20 October 2015

Brazil

1,416,179

World Health Organization, 15 October 2015

Cambodia

5,274

World Health Organization, 20 October 2015

Guangdong

Taiwan

791

26,660^

Health Department of Guangdong Province, 21 September 2015
CDC, ROC (Taiwan), 23 October 2015

India

35,422

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

Japan

239

National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, 20 October 2015

Lao PDR

1,456

World Health Organization, 20 October 2015

Malaysia

96,222

World Health Organization, 20 October 2015

Mexico

139,966

World Health Organization, 15 October 2015

Philippines

108,263

World Health Organization, 20 October 2015

Singapore

8,211

Singapore National Environment Agency, 22 October 2015

Sri Lanka

21,973

Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, 21 October 2015

Thailand

95,283

Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, 21 October 2015

Vietnam

39,547

World Health Organization, 20 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 3,801 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 2,535 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 22 October 2015)

 

Sierra Leone: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Sierra Leone has reported a cumulative total of 14,031 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 3,955 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 22 October 2015)

 

Tanzania: Cholera

Health officials of Tanzania notified WHO of new foci of cholera outbreaks. As of 19 October 2015, a total of 4,835 cases were reported, including 68 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 21 October 2015)

 

Brazil: Zika Virus Infection

Cases of Zika virus infection were reported in 14 states of Brazil, including Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Pará, Paraná, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Roraima, and São Paulo .

(Source: World Health Organization 21 October 2015)

 

Nepal: Scrub Typhus

The first known case of scrub typhus has been reported in Kathmandu of Nepal.

(Source: ProMED-mail 20 October 2015)

 

Mainland: Avian Influenza, human

On 14 October 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 2 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus.

(Source: World Health Organization 19 October 2015)

 

Guinea: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 3,806 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 2,535 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 19 October 2015)

 

Sierra Leone: Ebola virus disease [Update]

Sierra Leone has reported a cumulative total of 13,999 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 3,955 deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 19 October 2015)

 

Colombia: Zika Virus Infection

9 cases of Zika virus infection were reported in Colombia.

(Source: ProMED-mail 18 October 2015)

 

 

Last revision date: 23 October 2015