The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) reported the following data concerning dengue fever and chikungunya fever in the city Friday:
Regarding imported dengue cases, the 103 imported cases so far in 2016 were mainly from Indonesia (33), the Philippines (15) and Thailand (14). As for local cases, four have been detected to date in 2016.
“Of note, the number of dengue cases recorded in the first nine months in 2016 (103 cases) is a record high in comparison with the same period of the last decade from 2006 to 2015 (from 20 to 84),” a spokesman for the CHP said.
Hong Kong health officials have also recorded seven chikungunya cases so far in 2016. They were imported from India (six) and the Philippines (one). In 2015 and 2014, one and two imported cases were filed respectively.
“Apart from general measures, travelers returning from areas affected by dengue and/or chikungunya should apply insect repellent for 14 days upon arrival in Hong Kong. If feeling unwell, seek medical advice promptly and provide travel details to the doctor,” the CHP spokesman said.
Hong Kong has reported one imported Zika virus case this year to date.
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