Hong Kong investigating two suspected MERS-CoV cases

The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) announced on Monday that it is investigating two suspected cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-Cov).

The announcement came as a 2-year-old boy suspected to have the disease tested negative, according to a CHP press release.

One of the suspected cases is a 34-year-old man who recently traveled from Pakistan to Hong Kong via Dubai. The man was screened with a fever at Hong Kong International Airport, and is currently in stable condition and isolation at the Princess Margaret hospital.

The other suspected case is a 45-year-old woman who returned to Hong Kong from Paris via Dubai on July 26. The woman is also in stable condition, and isolation, at the Princess Margaret hospital.

The boy who tested negative for MERS-CoV traveled from Dubai to Hong Kong on July 23 and was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital on July 26.

"The government will be as transparent as possible in the dissemination of information," a spokesman for the DH 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."