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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hong Kong : CHP investigates a case of Legionnaires' Disease

Via Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of Legionnaires' Disease involving a 79-year-old man.

The patient, with underlying illnesses, lives in a residential home for the elderly in Eastern District. He presented with fever and cough since November 2 and was admitted to Ruttonjee Hospital the next day. He is currently in stable condition.

Urine test revealed that the patient was infected with Legionella bacteria.

He had no recent travel history. Investigation is in progress.

This is the thirteenth 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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