The Centre for Health Protection has issued a news release: Two additional overseas cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome closely monitored by DH. Excerpt:
The Department of Health (DH) is today (January 28) closely monitoring two additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Jordan.
According to the WHO, the KSA case involved a male healthcare worker (HCW) aged 54 with underlying illness in its capital, who developed symptoms on December 29, 2013. He was hospitalised on January 4, 2014 and died on January 14. He described no travel history, or contact history with animals or confirmed patients.
Regarding the case in Jordan, the male patient aged 48 with underlying illnesses became ill on December 31, 2013 and was admitted to hospital on January 9, 2014. He died on January 23. He had travelled to the United Kingdom for treatment from November 12 to December 25, 2013, and had received two guests from Kuwait between December 25 and 31 December. He had no contact history with animals. Investigations into family contacts and HCWs are ongoing.
This brings the latest global number of confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome to 180.
"The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the DH will seek more information on the cases from the WHO and the relevant health authorities. 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 spokesman for the DH 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 remarked.