February 23, 2013
Hong Kong (HKSAR) - 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.
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.
by 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.
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.
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
"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.