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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hong Kong : Another fever patient with travel history tests negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

Another press release from the Centre for Health Protection :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) received notification from Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) today (June 19) of a suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome affecting an 18-year-old man whose respiratory specimen tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus.

The patient, with good past health, has presented with fever and cough since May 26. He was sent to PMH upon his return to Hong Kong yesterday (June 18) and is currently under isolation for further management.

Initial investigations by the CHP revealed that the patient had departed Hong Kong for Europe with his family members on May 14 and took transit in Dubai on the same day.

The patient sought medical consultation during his stay in Europe and he has been in stable condition all along. He described no contact history with animals or patients during his trip. His travel collaterals have remained asymptomatic so far.

Preliminary laboratory testing on the patient's nasopharyngeal aspirate by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the CHP yielded negative results for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus."

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