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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hong Kong : Fever patient with travel history under CHP investigation

Press release from CHP :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) received notification from Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) today (August 22) of a suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome affecting a 12-year-old girl.

The patient has presented with fever, cough and sore throat since August 21. She was admitted to PMH today and is currently under isolation for further management.

Her chest X-ray is clear and she is now in stable condition.

Initial investigations by the CHP revealed that the patient had travelled to Dubai and Abu Dhabi from August 17 to 21.

The patient had no animal contact or contact with patients during her trip. Her mother and elder sister had flu-like symptoms since August 21 but both are currently afebrile. Other home contacts are asymptomatic.

The patient's respiratory 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 at public and private hospitals, with practising doctors and at the airport for any suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome."

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