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Friday, June 14, 2013

Hong Kong : Additional three overseas cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome closely monitored by DH

Article via CHP in Hong Kong :

" The Department of Health (DH) is today (June 14) closely monitoring three additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

According to the WHO, the three patients from Eastern KSA comprise a 63-year-old woman with underlying illnesses, a 75-year-old man with underlying illnesses, and a 21-year-old man who died. In addition, a previously confirmed case has died.

This brings the latest global number of confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome to 58, including 33 deaths.

"The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the DH will seek more information on the cases from the WHO and the relevant health authority. The CHP will stay vigilant and continue to work closely with the WHO and overseas health authorities to monitor the latest developments of this disease," a DH spokesman said.

Locally, the CHP will continue its surveillance mechanism with public and private hospitals, practising doctors and the airport for any suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome."

WHO press release can be found here.

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