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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hong Kong : Vigilance urged against meningococcal infection

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

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of 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 involves a 4-year-old girl, with good past health, who lives in Sai Kung.

The girl presented with fever, chills, a runny nose, cough and skin rash since March 10. She was admitted to Prince of Wales Hospital on the same day.

A blood specimen taken from the girl grew Neisseria meningitidis. She is in a stable condition.

The girl has no recent travel history. Her home contacts are asymptomatic.

The CHP's investigation is continuing."

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