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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hong Kong : Two linked imported cases of dengue fever investigated

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

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is investigating two imported and related cases of dengue fever and has urged people to guard against the disease.

The first patient is a 45-year-old woman who developed fever, myalgia, retro-orbital pain, and skin rash since February 27. The second patient is a 49-year-old man who developed similar symptoms on the same day.

They were both admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on March 3. The woman is still hospitalised and in stable condition. Her blood sample tested positive for the dengue virus. The man was discharged on March 5. His blood sample tested positive for dengue IgM.

The CHP's investigation revealed that the two patients had travelled together to Indonesia from February 2 to March 2, where both were bitten by mosquitos."

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