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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 1:05 pm 
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44M who traveled from South Korea to Shenzhen via Hong Kong has been MERS confirmed.

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 1:06 pm 
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SK businessman is China’s first MERS case
Source: Xinhua/Shanghai Daily | May 29, 2015, Friday | PRINT EDITION
CHINA reported its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) yesterday — a 44-year-old South Korean man who had ignored his doctor’s advice and had traveled to south China’s Guangdong Province on business.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission said the man had expressed discomfort as early as May 21 and reported a fever of 38.7 degrees Celsius on Monday. He landed in Hong Kong on Tuesday before heading for Huizhou in Guangdong via Shenzhen.

Health authorities said the man was placed in isolation and the World Health Organization notified on Wednesday.

CCTV said authorities in Guangdong had isolated 35 people who had come in close contact with the man, though none has yet to show symptoms.

South Korea’s health ministry said the man, the son of a confirmed victim in the outbreak, was himself under observation for possible infection when he broke quarantine and left the country, Reuters reported.

“We should have checked more actively and broadly on family related issues. We are deeply sorry about that,” Yang Byung-kook, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters.

South Korean health authorities notified Chinese health authorities and the World Health Organization of his departure.

Yang told reporters that the man failed to notify health authorities of a visit to his father during the initial epidemiological survey.

The man saw a doctor on Monday about his fever, and the doctor had advised against the trip to China. But he had decided to ignore the recommendation, Yang said.

The doctor failed to report the suspected case to the health authorities until Wednesday, Yang added.

Passenger list forwarded

To prevent contagion, the man’s wife and the medical workers who had come into contact with him were placed in isolation.

Health authorities are also investigating about 180 co-workers who had close or direct contact with him. A list of 28 passengers on the same flight bound for China and seated near him was forwarded to the Chinese authorities. On board the flight were 80 South Koreans, 78 foreigners and eight flight attendants.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s tally of MERS patients rose to seven yesterday. The rise has stirred alarm in the country, with health authorities being criticized for not moving quickly and effectively enough to quarantine suspected patients.

The first patient was an unidentified 68-year-old male who had traveled to the Middle East before returning to South Korea on May 4. His wife became the second patient to contract the MERS virus.

The third was a 76-year-old man who shared a hospital room with the first patient, and his daughter became the fourth.

The doctor who examined the first patient earlier this month became the fifth case infected with the deadly viral disease.

The two new cases are a 71-year-old man who had been in the same hospital ward as the first patient and a 28-year-old female nurse who had treated the first patient, according to South Korean health authorities.

First identified in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012, MERS is considered a deadlier but less infectious cousin of the SARS virus that appeared in Asia in 2003 and killed hundreds of people, mostly in China. Symptoms may range from flu-like aches and pains to pneumonia and kidney failure. There is no cure or vaccine and it has a 40.7 percent fatality rate.

Last week, South Korea’s health ministry said there were 1,142 cases of MERS in 23 countries and 465 deaths had been reported by May 16. Of the total, 1,117 were in the Middle East.

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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 12:23 pm 
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Update on local response to latest MERS situation
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The Controller of the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health, Dr Leung Ting-hung, today (May 29) reported the latest local response to the first confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) exported from Korea to Mainland China.

"After the male Korean patient aged 44 was laboratory-confirmed by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, we continue with our ongoing epidemiological investigations which started yesterday (May 28) in advance," Dr Leung said.

As of 6pm today, the CHP's contact tracing located all 29 close contacts and 11 other contacts of the patient.

(A) Close contacts

Among 158 passengers onboard OZ723 of Asiana Airlines who travelled from Korea and arrived in Hong Kong at around 1pm on May 26, 81 were in the same cabin with the patient, of which 29 were within two rows of the patient and are classified as close contacts.

So far, 18 who were asymptomatic have been located and the CHP is arranging them to be placed under quarantine.

The Lady MacLehose Holiday Village in Sai Kung under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has been converted to a quarantine centre for the quarantine of asymptomatic close contacts.

The remaining 11 have departed Hong Kong and the CHP has informed relevant health authorities.

(B) Other contacts

Other contacts have been put under medical surveillance and they include:

* Five other passengers onboard OZ723, two of whom with mild respiratory symptoms now hospitalised tested negative for MERS Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). One developed mild symptoms before exposure to the patient and health advice has been given. The remaining two were asymptomatic;
* Regarding the bus (plate number: PJ 2595) which operated by Eternal East Cross-Border Coach Mgt. Ltd. departed at 3pm on May 26 from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to Sha Tau Kok, a member of ticketing staff with mild respiratory symptoms now hospitalised tested negative for MERS-CoV, while the driver was asymptomatic;
* One asymptomatic passenger onboard the bus (plate number: HN 5211) of the same operator which departed at 4.46pm on the same day from Sha Tau Kok to Huizhou, Guangdong;
* Two asymptomatic immigration officers at HKIA and Sha Tau Kok Control Point respectively; and
* A nurse at HKIA with mild respiratory symptoms tested negative for MERS-CoV as reported yesterday who has been discharged.

Contact tracing is ongoing with the assistance of the airline and bus operator concerned as well as the Immigration Department.

"We again strongly appeal to passengers onboard OZ723 of Asiana Airlines who travelled from Korea and arrived in Hong Kong at around 1pm on May 26, and those onboard the three vehicles operated by Eternal East Cross-Border Coach Mgt. Ltd. on the same day to call our hotline on 2125 1111 for further assessment or follow-up. It will operate till 9pm today and from 9am to 6pm on May 30 and 31," Dr Leung said.

In addition, the CHP is closely monitoring two additional MERS cases reported by the health authority of Korea.

The eighth case is a female member of staff in the clinic where the first case was managed while the ninth is an in-patient of the ward to which the first case was admitted.

According to updated information from the health authority of Korea and the World Health Organization (WHO), the first case in Korea attended out-patient clinic from May 12 to 15 and was admitted to hospital on May 15.

"We will maintain close communication with the WHO and the health authorities of Korea and the Mainland. Members of the public and the healthcare sector should heighten vigilance and stay alert to the latest situation," Dr Leung said.

On the other hand, a meeting of expert panel jointed by the Hospital Authority (HA) and the CHP, which included microbiologist and infection control experts, was convened this afternoon to discuss the contingency measures for handling MERS.

The frontline healthcare staff of Accident & Emergency Departments and General Out-patient Clinics have been alerted to stay vigilant to patients who may have MERS symptoms and are advised to pay special attention to their travel history. The HA also appealed to those who may have MERS symptoms to clearly state their travel history. Isolation wards of public hospitals are ready to receive patients with suspected MERS symptoms and the HA will continue to closely liaise with the CHP to monitor the situation.
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 12:31 pm 
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FIRST CONFIRMED MERS-CoV CASE IN CHINA

Beijing, 29 MAY 2015 – China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission has notified the World Health Organization of a laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in China. This is the first case of MERS-CoV in China.

The confirmed case is a Republic of Korea national in his mid-40s, who travelled to Guangdong province, China via Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) on Tuesday May 26. The patient is a close contact of a confirmed MERS-CoV case in the Republic of Korea.

The patient is in isolation in a hospital in Huizhou, Guangdong province. We understand he is currently in a stable condition, and is being well cared for.

Chinese health authorities acted swiftly in response to the initial notification from the Republic of Korea that the close contact of a confirmed-MERS case had travelled to China earlier this week. For example:
local health authorities are tracing all known close contacts of the patient;
the Guangdong Health and Family Planning Commission dispatched an expert team to Huizhou to conduct epidemiological investigation and sampling;
Hong Kong SAR health authorities are tracing close contacts of the patient during his transit through Hong Kong SAR.
Based on the evidence about MERS-CoV gathered to date, the virus does not seem to pass easily from person to person unless there is close contact. There is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission.

WHO is communicating closely with the Chinese health authorities to support their response to the case.

For more information on coronavirus infections see the WHO website: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/coronavi ... ctions/en/.

About the World Health Organization

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

For more information please contact:

WHO China Office:
Ms WU Linlin
E-mail: wul@who.int
Office Tel: +86 10 6532 7191

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:48 am 
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(2nd LD) Lung condition of S. Korean MERS patient in China has not worsened
2015/06/04 19:13

HONG KONG/BEIJING, June 4 (Yonhap) -- The lung condition of a South Korean MERS patient in China has not worsened and his vital signs were relatively stable, according to Chinese health authorities Thursday.

The 44-year-old Korean man flew to Hong Kong on May 26, a day after his father was diagnosed with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus in South Korea, and subsequently went to the southern Chinese province of Guangdong by bus. He has been treated under quarantine at the Huizhou Municipal Central Hospital in Guangdong.

In a statement posted on Wednesday evening, the Guangdong Health and Family Planning Commission said that an X-ray test showed the lung condition of the man had not "worsened from before."

He had shown symptoms of cough and fever, but his "vital signs were relatively stable" and his appetite was improving, according to the statement.

As of Wednesday, his body temperature stood at 38.4 degrees C, it said.

In China, airport authorities have been strengthening the monitoring of the temperatures of passengers who are returning from South Korea and the Middle East.

Earlier on Thursday, South Korea confirmed five more MERS cases, bringing the total to 35.

This week, South Korea reported its first two deaths from MERS and public fears are growing as the number of MERS patients has been increasing on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, a South Korean tourist in his 50s, identified only as his surname Jeong, was found to have a fever upon his arrival at China's Zhangjiajie airport on Wednesday at midnight.

The South Korean tourist tested negative for the virus, the South Korean Embassy in Beijing later said in a brief statement.

In Hong Kong, health authorities have strengthened their surveillance against MERS, advising people to stay alert and maintain good personal, food and environmental hygiene during travel.

"In view of the evolving MERS situation in Korea, we strongly advise the public to avoid unnecessary visits to all health care facilities in Korea, and avoid participating in medical exchange activities in Korea," Leung Ting-hung, controller of the Center for Health Protection in Hong Kong, said in a statement.

A 69-year-old man who traveled from South Korea was found to have a fever when he arrived at the Hong Kong airport on Wednesday, but he tested negative for the virus, Hong Kong's health department said in a separate statement.

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