Hong Kong Travel Health Advice
There are no specific health risks associated with travel to Hong Kong. Food and water are generally safe, although visitors should consider only drinking bottled water for the first few days of their stay. The hepatitis E virus is transmitted through contaminated food and water and precautions should be taken with food and drink. Vaccinations are sometimes advised for influenza and hepatitis A. Also ensure that you are up to date with vaccinations for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and tetanus-diphtheria. Take precautions against mosquito bites, as there is a risk of Dengue fever. Outbreaks of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease are reported annually. Cases of bird flu have been reported and although the risk for travellers is low, all close contact with caged, domestic and wild birds should be avoided, and all poultry and egg dishes well cooked.
Hong Kong's health facilities are first class, but expect to pay cash. High quality medical care is widely available but medical insurance is recommended to cover expenses.
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