I've mostly stopped posting these CHP reports, but in light of the negative results of the suspected Ebola case here in Canada, it helps to see how routine such suspected cases are: Fever tourist with travel history tests negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus. Excerpt:
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (March 25) provided an update on a suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome affecting a 61-year-old woman whose respiratory specimen tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus.
The patient, with underlying illnesses, presented with fever, cough and shortness of breath upon her arrival in Hong Kong yesterday (March 24). She attended the Accident and Emergency Department of North Lantau Hospital and was transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital on the same day for further management under isolation.
Initial investigations by the CHP revealed that the patient had travelled to Mecca in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for about one week before coming to Hong Kong. She did not have contact with animals or sick persons during her stay there.
Her nasopharyngeal aspirate tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus upon preliminary testing by the CHP's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch.
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.