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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hong Kong : Three additional overseas cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome closely monitored by DH

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

" The Department of Health (DH) is today (June 18) 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, all with underlying illnesses, are respectively a 42-year-old man from eastern KSA, a 63-year-old woman from central KSA, and a 2-year-old child from western KSA. In addition, four previously confirmed cases have died.

This brings the latest global number of confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome to 64, including 38 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."

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