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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hong Kong : Local cholera case confirmed

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

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has today (December 7) confirmed a local case of cholera involving a 61-year-old woman.

The woman, who lives in Shau Kei Wan, developed watery diarrhoea beginning November 29. She sought medical attention on the same day but the symptoms persisted.

She was admitted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital on December 4 and is now in isolation at Princess Margaret Hospital. She is in a stable condition.

Her stool specimen grew Vibrio cholerae O1 today.

The patient has no recent travel history and her home contacts were asymptomatic. CHP's investigation continues.

This is the ninth case of cholera reported this year. There were seven cholera cases in 2008, three in 2007, one in 2006 and five in 2005."

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