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Monday, July 15, 2013

Hong Kong : Diarrhoea patient with travel history under CHP investigation

Via The Centre for Health Protection :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) received notification from Kwong Wah Hospital (KWH) today (July 15) of a suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome affecting a 28-year-old man.

The patient, with good past health, developed diarrhoea and vomiting today and attended KWH for treatment. He was subsequently admitted for further management under isolation.

Initial investigations by the CHP revealed that the patient had travelled with his wife to Europe and Dubai from June 25 to July 12 and arrived in Hong Kong on July 13. He had no contact history with animals or patients during the visit.

His chest X-ray is clear. He is currently in a stable condition while his wife is asymptomatic.

The patient's respiratory and stool specimens will be taken for preliminary laboratory tests by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the CHP.

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.

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

"We would like to reassure the public that the Government will be as transparent as possible in the dissemination of information on cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Whenever there is a suspected case, particularly involving patients with travel history to the Middle East, the CHP will release information to the public as soon as possible," the spokesman remarked.

Health-care workers and hospitals are reminded to maintain vigilance against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and adhere to strict infection control measures while handling suspected cases in order to reduce the risk of transmission to other patients, health-care workers and visitors."

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