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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hong Kong : CHP investigates imported Legionnaires' Disease case

Via Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is investigating a confirmed, imported case of Legionnaires' Disease involving a 41-year-old male tourist from the Netherlands.

The patient, with good past health, travelled to Zhanjiang for work on August 24. He presented with productive cough, fever and headache on September 4 in Zhanjiang and he was admitted to Zhanjiang Central People's Hospital on September 8 for pneumonia.

He was transferred to Hong Kong on September 10 for further medical treatment at a private hospital in Hong Kong.

His condition was stable throughout. He is now in the isolation ward of the hospital.

A urine test revealed that the patient was infected with Legionella bacteria.

Investigation continues.

This is the 10th case - and the third imported case - of Legionnaires' Disease reported to the CHP this year. Twenty cases were filed in 2010, 37 in 2009, 13 in 2008 and 11 in 2007."

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