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Title: #HK, Suspected #MERS cases reported.

Subject: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, suspected imported cases in Hong Kong.

Source: Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong PRC SAR, full page: (LINK).

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Suspected MERS cases reported


The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (July 25) reported suspected cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and again urged the public to pay special attention to safety during travel, taking due consideration of health risks in the places they visit.     

The cases involve two children of a tourist family originating from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Two brothers, aged 23 months and five years, who arrived in Hong Kong after travelling to the Philippines with their parents, have presented with fever.

They were admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital and are now in a stable condition.

They have had no contact with camels or other patients.

Their cases tested negative for MERS Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) upon preliminary testing by the CHP's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch.


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Tour leaders and tour guides operating overseas tours are advised to refer to the CHP's health advice on MERS.


Keywords: HK PRC SAR; Updates; MERS-CoV.