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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hong Kong : Case of fever with travel history tests negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

Via Hong Kong's CHP :

" A spokesman for the Department of Health (DH) today (June 12) provided an update on the suspected case of Severe Respiratory Disease associated with Novel Coronavirus (will also be known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome).

Preliminary laboratory test results for the respiratory specimens of the 26-year-old woman today showed negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus.

The woman, with good past health, travelled to Dubai on June 5 and 6. She presented with cough, runny nose, fever and arthralgia since June 6. She was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for isolation and treatment yesterday and her current condition is stable.

"The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the DH will continue its surveillance mechanism with public and private hospitals, practising doctors and the airport for any suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome," a DH spokesman remarked.

"No human infection with this virus has been identified so far in Hong Kong," the spokesman stressed."

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