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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Hong Kong : Vigilance urged against meningococcal infection

Press release from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of invasive meningococcal infection, a communicable disease transmitted by direct contact with droplets from carriers or infected persons, and has appealed to the public for vigilance.

The case affected a 55-year-old man with chronic medical condition who lives in North District.

The patient presented with left knee pain and swelling since February 7. He attended the Accident and Emergency Department of North District Hospital (NDH) on the same day. He then complained of chest pain and was admitted to NDH on February 8.

Blood specimen taken from the patient grew Neisseria meningitidis. The man is in stable condition all along.

The patient has no recent travel history. His home contacts are asymptomatic.

The CHP's investigation is continuing."

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