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  • China - WHO confirmed: Guangdong province announces coronavirus MERS case - isolated and symptomatic - traveled from South Korea via Hong Kong - May 28, 2015 - fully recovered

    The province's first case of imported Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) suspected cases

    2015-05-28 17:36:55 Ministry of Health and Family Planning Commission |

    Guangdong health

    May 28, the Guangdong Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission informed the province's first input of the Middle East appear Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) suspected cases.
    May 27 at 10 pm World Health Organization Bulletin: South Korea confirmed an example of the Middle East respiratory syndrome cases in close contact through Hong Kong Immigration Huizhou, Guangdong Province, has a fever. Guangdong Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission communication of information in accordance with WHO requirements Huizhou immediate verification. Huizhou City health planning department isolation and treatment in at 2:00 on the 28th the men were transferred to hospitals in Korea, and its close contact with in situ observation. The South Korean men currently fever and other symptoms. We searched to close contact with 35 people, yet unusual.
    At 1:00 on the 28th, the Ministry of Health and Family Planning Commission sent experts rushed to the scene Huizhou, night to carry out epidemiological investigations, sampling and other related work, 28 am to send samples to the provincial CDC detection; and the sample was sent to the national disease control center.
    It is understood that the South Korean men belong MERS close contacts of cases.May 21 have discomfort, the 25th body temperature 38.7 ℃. 26 flights to take OZ723 12:50 arrived in Hong Kong via Shenzhen Sha Tau Kok arrived in Huizhou port of entry.

    Knowledge Links: Middle East respiratory syndrome virus first appeared in 2012 in Saudi Arabia, after the spread in the Middle East, more than 20 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas, emerging diseases and medical staff infection. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and 2003 belong to the raging SARS coronavirus, which is less than contagious SARS, but the mortality rate is higher than SARS. Based on currently known virology, clinical and epidemiological data, the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus already have limited human transmission capacity, but there is no evidence that the virus has the capacity for sustained human transmission.

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  • #2
    The Health Ministry said the son of the second confirmed victim in the outbreak, who was himself being observed for possible infection, broke voluntary home quarantine and left South Korea on Tuesday for China.

    Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said that authorities in Guangdong province found the Korean man on Thursday and isolated him in a hospital for treatment. They also isolated 35 people who had come in close contact with him, though none has yet to shown symptoms.

    The man had not exhibited symptoms other than a fever and had not been confirmed as a MERS case.
    HEALTH-MERS/SOUTHKOREA (UPDATE 1):UPDATE 1-S.Korea's tally of MERS cases at 7; one suspected patient heads to China
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    • #3
      S China reports first suspected case of imported MERS

      Xinhua, May 28, 2015


      The 44-year-old man expressed discomfort as early as May 21 and reported fever of 38.7 degree celsius on Monday. He landed in Hong Kong on Tuesday and went on to Huizhou city in Guangdong Province via Shenzhen.


      • #5
        Local response to latest MERS situation
        *************************************** The Controller of the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH), Dr Leung Ting-****, today (May 28) reported the local response in view of the latest situation of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

        According to relevant health authorities, preliminary epidemiological investigations revealed that a male close contact aged 44 of the third MERS case in Korea (male aged 76) had travelled from Korea to Huizhou, Guangdong via Hong Kong on May 26. He arrived at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) at around 1pm by OZ723 of Asiana Airlines and then took a coach operated by Eternal East Bus departing at 3pm on the same day to Huizhou. He was hospitalised in Guangdong in stable condition pending laboratory testing results.

        He is the son of the third and the younger brother of the fourth (female aged 46) MERS case in Korea.

        "As a precautionary measure, we immediately commenced follow-up investigations and are tracing contacts of the above traveller, including close contacts on the same flight and bus as well as other contacts during his local movements. The CHP will continue to liaise with the relevant health authorities for follow-up," Dr Leung said.

        "Passengers onboard OZ 723 of Asiana Airlines who travelled from Korea to Hong Kong on May 26 and those of Eternal East Bus departing at 3pm that day from HKIA to Huizhou should call our hotline on 2125 1111 for further assessment or follow-up. It will operate till 10pm today and from 9am to 9pm tomorrow (May 29)," Dr Leung urged.

        During contact tracing, a female Registered Nurse of the DH's Port Health Office who assessed the above traveller at HKIA reported to have cough, nausea and dizziness today.

        As a precautionary measure, the afebrile nurse was transferred to the Hospital Authority Infectious Disease Centre in Princess Margaret Hospital for assessment and management today. She has been in stable condition and her nasopharyngeal aspirate tested negative for MERS Coronavirus upon preliminary laboratory testing by the CHP's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch.

        "We have made necessary preparations in advance and are ready for other disease control measures if necessary. Members of the public and the healthcare sector should heighten vigilance and stay alert to the latest situation," Dr Leung said.

        The CHP will maintain close communication with the World Health Organization, and the health authorities of Korea and the Mainland.

        Ends/Thursday, May 28, 2015
        Issued at HKT 21:02


        • #6
          Guangdong suspected "new SARS" preliminary positive patient contact with a nurse uninfected Port

          Preliminary tests showed that men in the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus were positive, but can be considered diagnosed patients.

          May 29, 2015 10:22 am

          Incheon airport arrival passengers temperature probe instrument. Source: AP
          (South early Chinese Reuters) today through Hong Kong in Guangdong Huizhou Middle East respiratory syndrome suspected patients, the earlier samples taken tested positive preliminary reactions. Hong Kong who had contact with the suspected patient's nurse, after testing, the results were negative.
          The 44-year-old South Korean man's father and sister are respiratory syndrome has been diagnosed in the Middle East, and his father had to live together in a room in the hospital nearly four hours. Until this week, but he went to Korea to the hospital because of fever, have not announced that he is in close contact with the identity. Three days while the medical staff learned about the facts only after South Korea reported to health authorities.
          Yonhap reported that preliminary tests showed, said the man in the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus were positive, but can be considered diagnosed patients.
          On Tuesday, the man ride from Incheon airport Asiana Airlines flight OZ723 arrived in Hong Kong, 15:00 East Wing cross-border travel by bus from the airport, after arriving in Shenzhen, Huizhou. Guangdong health authorities informed yesterday afternoon, the man had been transferred to hospitals yesterday morning for isolation and treatment, preliminary results on 35 people in close contact, yet unusual.
          The Centre for Health Protection of Hong Kong Leung said during contact tracing, the Department of Health's Port Health Office worked for the Hong Kong International Airport passengers health assessment of a female registered nurse, yesterday reported cough, nausea and dizziness.
          The nurse did not have a fever, as a precaution, she has been sent to Princess Margaret Hospital Authority is located in the center for assessment and treatment of infectious diseases. Nasopharyngeal secretion sample after preliminary tests confirmed that the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus negative.
          Hong Kong authorities are planning to track about 200 people in the South Korean man on the road might have been in close contact, including him aboard the same flight of 158 passengers, and about 10 of the bus with him.
          Centre for Health Protection of Hong Kong said that it will continue to liaise closely with the World Health Organization and health authorities in South Korea and the Mainland. If any suspected cases, especially in patients who visited the Middle East, the CHP will announce the information as quickly as possible to the public.
          Territory of Hong Kong has not yet been confirmed human cases in the Middle East respiratory syndrome.
          Middle East respiratory syndrome, also known as the "new SARS." Chinese Academy of Engineering, said Zhong Nanshan, the Middle East and the severe acute respiratory syndrome is respiratory virus SARS virus with similar new coronavirus infection, are coronavirus.
          Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus appeared from September 2012 to date, the cumulative global total of 1118 confirmed cases, including 423 cases of death, the mortality rate of nearly 40 percent, much higher than the SARS mortality rate of about one percent.
          Statistics show that Saudi Arabia has 1006 confirmed cases, 71 cases followed by the United Arab Emirates, Qatar 13 cases, 12 cases of Jordan, South Korea seven cases, six cases of Iran, Oman five cases, four cases of the United Kingdom.

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          • #7
            From: WorldHealthOrganizationNews
            To: undisclosed-recipients@null, null@null
            Subject: WHO China office media statement: FIRST CONFIRMED MERS-CoV CASE IN CHINA
            Date: May 29, 2015 5:48 AM

            Dear Journalists,

            Please find below, the media statement issued by WHO China office.

            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: .

            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
            Office Tel: +86 10 6532 7191


            • #8
              Our first case of imported confirmed cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome

              2015-05-29 16:15:19 Ministry of Health and Family Planning Commission | Views (145 ) | Text background color:

              [Letter] Guangdong healthfont

              Guangdong Health and Family Planning Commission informed, I appointed May 28 release of imported Middle East respiratory syndrome suspected cases (male, born in 1971, Korean, Middle East and South Korea the first three cases of confirmed cases of respiratory syndrome son, the first four cases confirmed Case's brother), the national expert group of patients based on epidemiological history, clinical data and the Chinese Center for Disease Control to review the test results on samples of patients, in the morning of May 29 determined that the Middle East respiratory syndrome confirmed cases.At present, the patient is the province Huizhou City designated medical institutions for isolation and treatment, there are still symptoms of fever, the highest temperature of 39.5 ℃, chest radiograph showed double lung disease, consider pneumonia.
              National Health and Family Planning Commission to make the provincial government leadership important instructions, requiring accordance with the relevant prevention and control plan, do the prevention and control work. Ministry of Health and Family Planning Commission to seriously implement the written instructions, further improve hospital infection control, medical treatment, close contact tracing and health care and other prevention and control work. 28 afternoon, the National Health and Family Planning Commission and the Guangdong Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission were sent to the epidemiological, clinical and hospital infection control experts to guide epidemiological investigations Huizhou, medical treatment and hospital infection prevention and control work. It has been traced to close contact with 38 people, yet unusual.

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              • #9
                Health | Fri May 29, 2015 10:12am EDT

                China's first confirmed MERS case arrived from Korea via Hong Kong


                China said on Friday a 44-year-old South Korean man had tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), China's first confirmed case, but that it had not found any symptoms in 38 people who had been in close contact with him.

                Health authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong said it was likely the disease would spread as the patient had taken a bus, crossed a busy border checkpoint from Hong Kong and stayed in a hotel before being taken to hospital.

                "As we have said before, the possibility of MERS transferring into Guangdong is very high," He Jianfeng, director for the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control, told reporters.

                "In theory, it?s possible to have a second case."

                He added, however, that 38 people found to have come into contact with the patient hadn't tested positive.


                • #10
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                  Lottery patient care? Lu Hospital ︰ rumor

                  At 04:10 on May 31, 2015 Wan Jen-kui /

                  China Internet rumors these days, Huizhou Central People's Hospital because MERS Korea admitted patient admissions caused by a fever ambulance driver, suspected of being infected. Also rumored to hospital medical staff need to deploy to the intensive care unit, but also to draw unmarried "sign of life and death" decision. Hospital yesterday came forward to clarify the rumors are.

                  Recently, the mainland online news said: "Huizhou Central Hospital for isolation and treatment of Koreans, Central Hospital has put ICU (intensive care unit) sealed admissions ambulance driver had fever, suspected of being infected, please pay more attention and attention. the family's health and safety! "

                  Internet message also said: a few places, "Do not go to the following: Suns Hotel Huizhou Zhong Kai district, Zhong Kai district northeast Baiyun Pavilion home cooking; LG Eno company, ZhongKai A UN Hakka soil restaurant, Huizhou Kande International Hotel . "

                  In this regard, the Guangdong Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission responded that did not seal Huizhou city hospital ICU, ambulance drivers and no admissions fever.

                  Huizhou City Health Bureau Publicity Division clarified and no medical or driver is infected, there is no medical staff were transferred and other matters. But in order to ensure safety, all those who have close contact with the South Koreans patients had medical staff required to undergo several days of observation.

                  The previous day, the South Korean patients still fever, the highest temperature 39.5 degree Celsius, chest X-rays showed double lung disease. There are rumors that you want to go to South Korea yesterday, Guangdong other hospital patients treated in isolation.

                  However, Huizhou Central People's Hospital spokesman said yesterday, "South Korea's patients are in stable condition, without referral." Yesterday the two health care workers to the hospital, Mr. K samples collected and sent to Guangdong Provincial Health Department for testing. And with Mr. K 47 close contacts, as of yesterday did not appear abnormal.

                  Correction Editor: Yang Jie


                  • #11
                    CCTVNEWS@cctvnews 38m38 minutes ago
                    Guangdong health authorities: Condition of South Korean #MERS patient quarantined in Huizhou deteriorating


                    • #12
                      China confirmed the first case of MERS sicker patients in close contact with 77 people

                      At 21:21 on May 31 2015
                      The picture shows the May 2, 2014, the US Centers for Disease Control announced the Middle East coronavirus (MERS) image respiratory syndrome.

                        China news agency, Guangzhou, May 31 (Reporter Tang Guijiang) - Guangdong Health Planning Commission notified the evening of 31 confirmed cases of the Commission May 29 release of imported Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is currently disease heavier than before, from the Commission They will be arranged from June 1st batch two clinical experts province, in Huizhou Central People's Hospital to help guide treatment of resident patients.
                        Guangdong Health Planning Commission, said the evening's briefing, there are patients diagnosed in the room with high fever, chest radiograph showed an increase over the previous oozing lesions, oxygenation deteriorates, in line with moderate acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) diagnosis, province health LEG positive dynamic adjustment of treatment according to the disease.
                        May 31 morning, the Guangdong Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission sent a third clinical expert guidance to Huizhou Central People's Hospital medical treatment, and decided that from June 1, arrange two clinical experts batch Province in Huizhou Central People Hospital resident to help guide treatment of patients.
                        Guangdong continue to strengthen search and quarantine of close contacts, through the health planning and public security departments to verify, confirm close contacts Guangdong province to be followed by a total of 77 people, as of now, the province has tracked 64 people, all taken in a centralized manner under observation , temporarily no discomfort.
                        Also not yet made contact with 13 people, including passenger information because there is no registration records, take the East Wing 11 bus passengers who have not yet made contact; Hong Kong briefing with airline passengers may enter Guangdong Province 2, the positive verification of information by police contact.(End)

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                      • #13
                        China trying to reach 13 people near MERS patient

                        Xinhua, May 31, 2015

                        Authorities in south China's Guangdong Province are still trying to reach 13 people who had close contact with the country's first Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) patient.

                        A man from the Republic of Korea (ROK) was tested positive for the deadly MERS in Guangdong on Friday. He is receiving medical treatment in Huizhou City with doctors saying his situation has worsened, the provincial health and family planning commission said Sunday.

                        Meanwhile, the number of people who had been in close contact with the patient rose to 77 in Guangdong, the commission said. Among them, 64 have been quarantined while 13 others, including 11 passengers on a bus boarded by the man, have remained out of contact.

                        None of the quarantined has showed any abnormality.

                        The commission said more medical specialists were sent to Huizhou on Sunday to help with the treatment.
                        Authorities in south China's Guangdong Province are still trying to reach 13 people who had close contact with the country's first Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) patient.


                        • #14
                          China's first MERS patient in stable condition

                 2015-06-01 20:49:38

                          GUANGZHOU, June 1 (Xinhua) -- China's first confirmed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) patient is stable, while authorities in southern Guangdong Province are still looking for ten people who had close contact with him.

                          A man from the Republic of Korea (ROK) tested positive for MERS in Guangdong last Friday. He is being treated at Huizhou Municipal Central Hospital and is still feverish, the provincial health and family planning commission said Monday.

                          "We communicate by writing Chinese and Korean on a white board. He is very cooperative and can eat food properly," said Li Chunmei, a nurse at the hospital.
                          On Sunday, the commission increased the number of people who had been in close contact with the patient to 77. Among them, 67 have been quarantined while ten bus passengers are yet to be found as of Monday.

                          None of those in quarantine are showing any symptoms of MERS.


                          • #15
                            Hattip: Crof

                            Hong Kong seeks WHO help to ensure Mers updates, as virus kills two in South Korea

                            Tighter health checks at border, and minister wants more timely updates on deadly virus

                            PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 June, 2015, 3:29am
                            UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 June, 2015, 3:29am
                            Lai Ying-kit, Elizabeth Cheung and Emily Tsang

                            "We still do not know which medical institutions have been involved. There is a lack of transparency with the information and it is worrying," said Ko.

                            "We will seek assistance from the WHO."
                            In the wake of a 44-year-old infected traveller from South Korea who slipped through a medical check at Hong Kong's airport last week before taking a bus to the mainland, Ko said surveillance at border checkpoints would be tightened.
                            Ko's announcement came after the infected South Korean man denied claims that he had lied about his contact and travel history to medical officers at Chek Lap Kok airport on Tuesday last week.

                            Hong Kong health officials said the man was intercepted by a nurse because he had a fever but was allowed to go after he denied having contact with Mers patients or visiting Mers-hit areas.

                            The man, surnamed Kim, told South Korean television station KBS that officials had only asked him if he had any flu symptoms and if he had been to hospital recently. He said he was not asked if he had Mers.

                            Kim said a clinic near his home in Gyeonggi-do asked him to go for a medical examination after his father was confirmed to have contracted Mers on May 21. But he said he did not go because he was not told of the seriousness of the virus.

                            The Hong Kong government has so far traced 61 people who had contact with Kim - 19 have been quarantined but none had shown any symptoms of Mers, for which there is no known cure or vaccine.

                            Kim's condition had worsened yesterday, said Dr Ling Yun, chief of the Huizhou Municipal Centre Hospital's intensive care unit.

                            Additional reporting by Christy Choi and Mimi Lau

                            The city will seek help from the World Health Organisation to ensure South Korea provides updates on cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers), health secretary Dr Ko Wing-man said yesterday.