The Centre for Health Protection has published 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) is today (May 10) investigating a suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) affecting a man aged 42 in Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).
The patient, with underlying illness, presented with fever, cough with sputum and sore throat on April 21. He then sought medical consultation from a private doctor and his condition improved after treatment. He presented with sore throat again on May 6 and developed shortness of breath on May 8. He was admitted to QEH on May 9 and fever was detected during admission. He is now in stable condition.
Initial investigations by the CHP revealed that the patient travelled to Ethiopia, Jordan and Israel from April 9 to 21, and visited the Philippines from May 1 to 6. He did not ride camels during his visit in Jordan from April 16 to 18 but indicated that some camels had walked around him. One of his travel collaterals to Jordan developed upper respiratory tract infection symptoms and has recovered already, while the other three travel collaterals have remained asymptomatic.
His respiratory specimen will be taken for preliminary laboratory testing by the CHP's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch (PHLSB).
CHP describes this case in more detail than usual, which may be due to the man's known contact with camels in Jordan.