A case of Legionnaires’ disease involving a 54-year-old woman has been reported to the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health. This case represents the ninth case reported to the CHP this year.
The woman experienced symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath since April 9; she first consulted with her doctor before being admitted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital. She was then transferred to intensive care on April 16. Test results showed that she was infected with Legionella bacteria.
Legionnaires’ disease is frequently contracted while traveling; after some questioning, it was revealed that the patient had traveled to Taishan, Guangdong in China from April 2-8. An investigation by the CHP is still ongoing.
In 2014 and 2013, Hong Kong received reports of 41 and 28 cases of Legionnaires’ disease respectively.
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