The Centre for Health Protection has issued a news release: Patient with respiratory symptoms and travel history under CHP investigation. Excerpt:
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) received notification from Tseung Kwan O Hospital (TKOH) today (February 8) of a suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome affecting a 54-year-old man.
The patient, with good past health, presented with fever, cough and runny nose since February 5. He was admitted to TKOH today for further management under isolation. He is now afebrile and stable.
Initial investigations by the CHP revealed that the patient had travelled to Dubai with his wife from January 28 to February 3. He rode camel during travel on February 1. He had no other contact with animals nor patients in Dubai.
His wife who travelled with him had dizziness and upper respiratory tract infection symptoms after she was back to Hong Kong. She was admitted to TKOH and discharged on February 6.
The patient's respiratory specimens will be taken for preliminary laboratory tests by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the CHP.
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.