SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

Hong Kong reports first case of Hib infection in 2014

The Hong Kong Department of Health's Centre for Health Protection announced on Thursday that it began an investigation concerning the first Haemophilus influenza type b infection of the year.

A 46-year-old man with underlying medical conditions developed shortness of breath and a general feeling of illness on January 7. That same day, he sought medical attention from a private doctor, who sent him to the Accident and Emergency Department of Kwong Wah Hospital on January 9, where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit for chest infection. He is currently in critical condition.

The patient's blood samples revealed Hib infection. He had no recent travel history and his contacts are all asymptomatic, but the investigation is still underway.

Invasive Hib disease can present a number of severe symptoms, including meningitis, blood infection and infection of the lungs, throat, bones and joints. It has been a legally notifiable disease in Hong Kong since July 14, 2008.

The CHP recommends that the public take precautions against contracting Hib infection, including prioritizing personal hygiene, washing hands properly and frequently, washing hands after sneezing or coughing, disposing of any tissues damp with nasal discharge and sputum properly, refraining from the sharing of eating and drinking utensils and staying home if a person believes they may be sick.