Via the Centre for Health Protection: Update on number of dengue fever cases. Excerpt:
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (June 30) reported the latest number of cases of dengue fever (DF) in Hong Kong, and again urged the public to maintain strict environmental hygiene, mosquito control and personal protective measures both locally and during travel.
"In view of the relatively high dengue activity in some neighbouring and overseas areas, the public should remain vigilant. Travellers to dengue endemic areas in the upcoming summer vacation should use DEET-containing insect repellents both during travel and for 14 days after arrival in Hong Kong," a spokesman for the CHP said.
From June 24 to 29, two additional imported cases were confirmed and the patients had been in the Philippines and Indonesia during the incubation period. As of June 29, a total of 51 cases had been confirmed this year and all were imported.
The CHP has been closely monitoring the latest regional and overseas dengue situation. In Asia, 20 395 DF cases were recorded in Thailand this year, 9 024 were recorded in Singapore since January 3, 151 were recorded in Japan since January 4, and 373 local cases were recorded in Taiwan to date in 2016. In the Americas, 1 244 583 cases were filed in Brazil and 29 467 were filed in Mexico in 2016.
"In Brazil, the dengue activity is high with ongoing local transmission of Zika virus and other endemic diseases such as malaria and yellow fever. As these diseases are all mosquito-borne, travellers to Brazil should stay alert and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip. Upon arrival in Hong Kong, they should use insect repellent for 14 days, and seek medical advice if symptoms develop," the spokesman said.