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    Posted: December 27 2014 at 5:18pm
27 December 2014
Traveller with respiratory symptom and travel history under CHP investigation   

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (December 27) investigating a suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) affecting a 32-year-old woman.

     The patient, with good past health, developed fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough and blood-stained sputum since December 17. She attended the Accident and Emergency Department of North Lantau Hospital today for management and was subsequently transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital for isolation and treatment. She has been in stable condition.

     Initial investigations by the CHP revealed that the patient returned to Hong Kong from Europe with transit via Dubai on December 14. She had no contact with camels or animals, or visits to health-care facilities, during the trip. Her travel collaterals have remained asymptomatic.

     The patient's nasopharyngeal aspirate was taken for preliminary laboratory testing by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch (PHLSB) of the CHP.

     The CHP's investigation is continuing.

     "We strongly advise travel agents organising tours to the Middle East not to arrange camel rides and activities involving camel contact, which may increase the risk of infection. Travellers should avoid going to farms, barns or markets with camels, and avoid contact with animals (especially camels), birds, poultry or sick people during travel," a spokesman for the DH said.

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