Update on number of dengue fever cases
Regarding imported cases, from January 5 to 11, five were confirmed (including one case that was notified in 2017) and the patients had been to the Philippines (two cases), Cambodia (one case notified in 2017), Indonesia (one case) and Thailand (one case) during the incubation period (IP). In 2017, 101 imported cases were confirmed so far, mainly imported from Thailand (20), the Philippines (13), Sri Lanka (12) and Vietnam (12). One local case was recorded in 2017.
In 2018, as of yesterday (January 11), five cases had been recorded this year, all of which were imported cases. The cases were imported from the Philippines (two), India (one), Indonesia (one) and Thailand (one).
Dengue remains endemic in some areas in Asia. The latest figures revealed that 245 cases were recorded in Japan since January 2, 2017, and 128 cases had been recorded in Singapore since December 31, 2017.
The public should take heed of the following advice on mosquito control:
• Thoroughly check all gully traps, roof gutters, surface channels and drains to prevent blockage;
• Scrub and clean drains and surface channels with an alkaline detergent compound at least once a week to remove any deposited mosquito eggs;
• Properly dispose of refuse, such as soft drink cans, empty bottles and boxes, in covered litter containers;
• Completely change the water of flowers and plants at least once a week. The use of saucers should be avoided if possible;
• Level irregular ground surfaces before the rainy season;
• Avoid staying in shrubby areas; and
• Take personal protective measures such as wearing light-coloured long-sleeved clothes and long trousers and apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothing or uncovered areas of the body when doing outdoor activities.
To reduce the risk of infections spread by mosquitoes, apart from general measures, travellers returning from affected areas should apply insect repellent for 14 days (DF) or at least 21 days (Zika virus infection) upon arrival in Hong Kong. If feeling unwell, seek medical advice promptly and provide travel details to the doctor. DEET-containing insect repellents are effective and the public should take heed of the tips below:
• Read carefully the label instructions first;
• Apply right before entering an area with risk of mosquito bites;
• Apply on exposed skin and clothing;
• Use DEET of up to 30 per cent for pregnant women and up to 10 per cent for children;
• Apply sunscreen first, then insect repellent; and
• Re-apply only when needed and follow the instructions.
The public may refer to the CHP's tips for using insect repellents for details.
Ends/Friday, January 12, 2018
Issued at HKT 15:25
Issued at HKT 15:25