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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hong Kong : Vigilance urged against meningococcal infection

Press release from Hong Kong's CHP, this time with regards to a meningococcal infection case :

" 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 involves a 28-year-old man, with good past health, living alone in Sham Shui Po.

The man travelled to Macau on December 17. He developed fever, headache and vomiting on December 19.

He was admitted to Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital on December 19. He was transferred to Caritas Medical Centre and admitted in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit on the same day.

A lumbar puncture specimen taken from the patient grew Neisseria meningitidis. The man is now in serious condition.

The CHP's investigation is continuing.

This is the eighth confirmed case of meningococcal infection this year. Two cases each were reported in 2010 and 2009. No case was reported in 2008."

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