Via the Centre for Health Protection, an April 15 news release: Sixteen additional overseas cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome closely monitored by DH. After listing them all, the release goes on:
This brings the latest global number of confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome to 228, including 92 deaths.
"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 added.
"We would like to reassure the public that the Government will be as transparent as possible in the dissemination of information on cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Whenever there is a suspected case, particularly involving patients with travel history to the Middle East, the CHP will release information to the public as soon as possible," the spokesman said.
If MERS were a Hong Kong problem, we'd be overwhelmed with information about each case. But they have indeed reported on every incoming passenger from the Middle East who so much as sneezed.