MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Hong Kong CHP reports 145th confirmed case of MERS

The Hong Kong Department of Health's Centre of Health Protection reported on Wednesday an additional case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome to the World Health Organization, bringing the total global number of confirmed cases to 145.

The WHO identified the newest victim as a 23-year-old male who worked in an animal barn, owned by a patient who also suffered from a MERS infection. The patient is currently in good condition and initial investigation revealed no history of recent travel. Of the total confirmed cases of MERS infections, there have been 62 reported deaths.

"The Centre for Health Protection of the DH will seek more information on the case from the WHO and the relevant health authority," a DH spokesperson said. "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."

The CHP will continue its initiative to monitor the progress of the MERS virus, in both the public and private health care sectors. The CHP has also pledged to keep the public informed as new information about the disease becomes available.

"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," a DH spokesperson said. "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."