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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hong Kong : Patient with respiratory symptoms and travel history under CHP investigation

Press release from CHP :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) received notification from Tuen Mun Hospital (TMH) today (September 12) of a suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome affecting a 44-year-old woman.

The patient, with underlying illness, attended the Accident and Emergency Department of TMH today for sore throat and running nose and was subsequently admitted for further management under isolation.

Initial investigations by the CHP revealed that the patient had travelled to Tunisia between August 31 and September 10, during which she had transited in Dubai, and participated in a camel ride in Tunisia. Her travel collaterals and home contact have remained asymptomatic.

Her chest X-ray is clear. She is currently in a stable condition.

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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