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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hong Kong : Case of severe scarlet fever investigated

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

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (March 14) investigating a case of severe scarlet fever involving a 17-year-old male.

The patient, with good past health, presented with fever on March 3 and developed generalised rash, vomiting and abdominal pain the next day. He was then admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Hong Kong Baptist Hospital due to pneumonia with septic shock and renal impairment. His condition was stabilised after treatment and he was discharged yesterday.

His sputum grew Group A Streptococcus.

The CHP's investigation revealed that he did not have a recent travel history. His family members are asymptomatic.

The investigation is continuing."

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