Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hong Kong: Four additional overseas cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome closely monitored by DH

June 23, 2013

     The Department of Health (DH) is today (June 23) closely monitoring four additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome reported to the
World Health Organization (WHO) by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

     According to the WHO, the first case is a 43-year-old female from Eastern KSA who has recovered. The other three cases are female health care workers aged 29, 39 and 45 who cared for two previously confirmed cases and were detected as part of the outbreak investigation and contact tracing.

     This brings the latest global number of confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome to 68, including 38 deaths.

     "The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the DH will seek more information on the cases from the WHO and the relevant health authority. The CHP will stay vigilant and continue to work closely with the WHO and overseas health authorities to monitor the latest developments of this disease," a DH spokesman said.

     Locally, the CHP will continue its surveillance mechanism with public and private hospitals, practising doctors and the airport for any suspected
case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

     "No human infection with this virus has been identified so far in Hong Kong," the spokesman stressed.

     "We would like to reassure the public that the Government will be as transparent as possible in the dissemination of information on cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Whenever there is a suspected case, particularly involving patients with travel history to the Middle East, the CHP will release information to the public as soon as possible," the
spokesman remarked.


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