Ends/Saturday, March 9, 2013
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of
Health (DH) received a report from Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH)
tonight (March 9) of a suspected case of Severe Respiratory Disease
associated with Novel Coronavirus.
The 31-year-old man,
with good past health, presented with cough on March 3 and fever and
headache since March 9. He was admitted to QEH for isolation and
treatment tonight. His current condition is stable.
by the CHP revealed that the patient travelled to the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia (KSA) from March 4 to 7. His wife with no recent travel history
has cough and sore throat since March 8. She is also being isolated in
QEH as a precautionary measure.
Their chest X-ray were clear. Laboratory test results are expected to be available tomorrow.
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
"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.
The spokesman reminded members of the public to pay attention to personal hygiene, especially wash hands:
* Before touching the eyes, nose and mouth;
* Before eating or handling food;
* After using the toilets; and
* After sneezing or coughing and cleaning the nose.
For more information on personal hygiene, members of the public may visit the CHP's website:
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