Via the South China Morning Post: Middle East respiratory illness spooks Hong Kong, brings back memories of Sars. Excerpt:
No human cases have been recorded so far in Hong Kong, the mainland, Taiwan or Macau. But Mers offers a timely reminder of the need for vigilance against deadly diseases in our densely packed city.
Mers is now a statutorily notifiable infectious disease. That means doctors must immediately report any suspected case of the illness to authorities.
But there is still reason to be concerned because the city's public hospitals, suffering with staff shortages and limited resources, may be unable to cope with another crisis.
The fact many of Hong Kong's estimated 250,000 Muslims may visit Saudi Arabia for the holy month of Ramadan in July or join the haj pilgrimage in October has heightened concerns.
Health Minister Dr Ko Wing-man, who was famously forced to take the helm of the Hospitals Authority when its director was struck down with Sars in 2003, believes early quarantine is the way to stop an outbreak.
He is confident surveillance mechanisms are in place. But he also believes the city must remain vigilant. Hongkongers will surely agree.