A measles outbreak in southern Japan has led a Hong Kong travel agency to cancel several planned trips to the area.
Nearly 70 people in the popular tourist destination Okinawa have participated in the highly contagious disease, the local government officials
However, a senior city doctor said he was "not too worried" about the outbreak, and 270 travelers are due to leave April leave the island.
19659002] According to the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong, 13 tour groups are still planning to fly to the Japanese island, and on Monday Alice Chan Cheung Lok-yee, the executive director of the council, said there are already nine groups in Okinawa give. She said that the 180 travelers on the island will return to Hong Kong after their tours before Saturday.
"I advise those who have signed up for package holidays [the situation] to speak directly with their travel agents, if not you are worried," Chan said.
Travel Agency WWPKG has anticipated these discussions and canceled the trips of eight tour groups that were due to travel to Japan between April 26 and May 19.
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About 150 travelers were affected by the move, and everyone is offered the opportunity to visit other destinations in Japan or to opt for a refund.
"We have contacted travelers who have signed up for tour groups in Okinawa to arrange changing destinations to Kyushu, Osaka and other places, and travelers can also choose the full refund," said WWPKG CEO Yuen Chun-ning.
The travel agency will monitor the outbreak to determine if travel groups can return after May 19, Yuen added.
According to Okinawa Prefectural Government, the eruption arose with a male traveler from Taipei, Taiwan.
The man, who is in his 30s, arrived in Okinawa on March 17 and spent two days sightseeing before the rash appeared.
He was tested positive for measles on March 20.
The local government said the man reported a fever before traveling to the country.
The Hong Kong Government Health Care Center said he was watching the situation closely, urging travelers to stay alert, and reiterated that vaccination was the most effective way to prevent the disease, which has a 21-day incubation period.
Potentially fatal to young people, parents are advised not to take children in areas where measles have broken out. Because of its virulence, children aged one and six receive two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.
Angus Chan Ming-wai, president of the College of Family Physicians, said he was not worried about people traveling from Hong Kong to Okinawa.
He said, however, that anyone with a newborn child or persons with reduced immunity should advise against traveling to the area.