The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) received notifications respectively from Pok Oi Hospital (POH) and St Paul's Hospital (SPH) today (October 8) of two suspected cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome affecting two women, whose respiratory specimens tested negative for the virus.
The first case is a 37-year-old patient with good past health who developed runny nose since October 6 and cough since October 7. She attended the Accident and Emergency Department of POH on October 7 and was subsequently admitted for further management under isolation.
Initial investigations by the CHP revealed that the patient had travelled to Tunisia on September 27 and arrived in Hong Kong on October 5 via transit in Dubai. During her stay in Tunisia, she had participated in camel and horse riding but did not have contact with poultry and sick persons. Her travel collateral has remained asymptomatic.
Her chest X-ray is clear. She is currently in a stable condition.
The second case is a 30-year-old patient with good past health. She consulted a private practitioner on October 7 for fever, sore throat and cough with sputum upon return to Hong Kong on the same day. She was subsequently admitted to SPH for further management under isolation.
Initial investigations by the CHP revealed that the patient had travelled to Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates between September 29 and October 6, during which she had transited in Dubai. She had no contact with animals nor patients during her visit. Her travel collaterals and home contact have remained asymptomatic.
Her chest X-ray shows pneumonic changes. She is currently in a stable condition.
The nasopharyngeal aspirates of the two patients tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus upon preliminary laboratory testing by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the CHP.