Via the Centre for Health Protection: Tourist with respiratory symptoms and travel history tests negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus. Excerpt:
A spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (December 20) provided an update on a suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome affecting a 67-year-old man whose respiratory specimens tested negative for the virus.
The patient, who arrived in Hong Kong from Qatar alone on December 17, consulted a private doctor yesterday (December 19) for cough and runny nose. He was subsequently transferred to PMH for further management under isolation and is now in stable condition.
The patient's nasopharyngeal aspirates were tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the CHP.
Locally, the CHP will continue its surveillance mechanism at public and private hospitals, with practising doctors and at the airport for any suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.