Mary Ann Benitez and Beatrice Siu Friday, February 22, 2013
Researchers at the University of Hong Kong are looking for collaboration in the Middle East to study the new SARS-like virus, which they believe may have originated from a Japanese bat species.
This comes as the Centre for Health Protection has stepped up monitoring for the new respiratory illness that is similar to the deadly SARS virus.
Yuen Kwok-yung, chair of infectious diseases at the university's department of microbiology said: "We are trying to find collaborators in the Middle East but cannot disclose any details at this stage."
The Hospital Authority's chief infection
control officer Dominic Tsang Ngai- chon said suspected cases who have
travelled to the Middle East and the UK, or where cases have occurred,
and who came into contact with patients, will be isolated and tested.
The test results will be available in 24 hours.