The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) received a report from Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) today (February 23) of a suspected case of Severe Respiratory Disease associated with Novel Coronavirus.
The 40-year-old man, with
good past health, presented with fever, cough, myalgia and runny nose
since February 20. He attended the Accident and Emergency Department of
QEH on February 22 and was admitted to the isolation ward of QEH on the
same day. His current condition is stable.
the CHP revealed that the patient travelled to Dubai with his family
from January 24 to February 1, then to Tehran from February 1 to 20, and
returned to Hong Kong on February 21. His family members travelled with
him are all asymptomatic.
Preliminary laboratory test
result for the patient's nasopharyngeal swab today showed that it tested
negative for Novel Coronavirus associated with Severe Respiratory
Disease but positive for influenza B.
"The CHP will
continue its surveillance mechanism with public and private hospitals,
practising doctors and the airport for any suspected cases of Severe
Respiratory Disease associated with Novel Coronavirus," a DH spokesman
"No human infection with this virus has been identified so far in Hong Kong," the spokesman stressed.
spokesman advised travellers returning from novel coronavirus-affected
countries with respiratory symptoms to wear face masks, seek medical
attention and reveal their travel history to doctors.
Ends/Saturday, February 23, 2013
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