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Friday, November 1, 2013

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

Press release from Hong Kong's CHP :

"   The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) received notification from Tuen Mun Hospital (TMH) today (October 31) of a suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome affecting a 25-year-old man. 

The patient attended the Accident and Emergency Department of Pok Oi Hospital today for fever, runny nose, sore throat and cough with sputum. He was subsequently transferred to TMH for further management under isolation.

Initial investigations by the CHP revealed that the patient had travelled to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia between October 4 and 28. He arrived in Hong Kong on October 29 after transit in Qatar.

His chest X-ray is clear. He is currently in stable condition.

He had no contact with animals nor patients during his visit. His travel collaterals and home contacts have remained 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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