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Monday, July 22, 2013

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

Article via Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection :

" A spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (July 22) provided an update on a suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome affecting a 44-year-old man whose respiratory specimen tested negative for the virus.

The patient, who had departed Hong Kong on July 1 for Abu Dhabi alone and returned on July 11, has presented with fever and cough since July 19. He is currently isolated at Queen Mary Hospital in stable condition.

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.

Locally, the CHP will continue its surveillance mechanism at public and private hospitals, with practising doctors and at 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 said.

"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 added."

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