Via the Centre for Health Protection: Tourist with respiratory symptoms tests negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus. Excerpt:
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) received notification from a private hospital today (December 27) of a suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome affecting a 2-year-old boy, whose respiratory specimen tested negative for the virus.
The patient, with good past health, arrived in Hong Kong from Abu Dhabi on December 23. He presented with cough since December 23 and developed fever on December 26. He sought medical consultation from a private hospital late last night and was transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for isolation in the small hours.
His chest X-ray showed bilateral bronchial shadow. He is currently in a stable condition. He had no contact with animals nor with sick persons in Abu Dhabi. His travel collaterals and home contacts remain asymptomatic.
His nasopharyngeal swab tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus upon preliminary laboratory testing 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.
"No human infection with this virus has been identified so far in Hong Kong," the spokesman said.