The strict observance of ‘good personal, food and environmental hygiene’ is advised by Hong Kong’s CHP after another case of rat hepatitis E virus (HEV) was detected in mid-August; this time in an elderly woman from Ngau Chi Wan. The source of infection is still to be determined but the patient, who is now recovering, had no recent travel history and no known contact with rodents. Preventive measures are listed in the CHP press release of Sept 4. More than 10 Hong Kong residents have tested positive for rat HEV since it was first identified in humans in 2018.
Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.