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Anti-MERS measures enhanced

June 01, 2015

Visitors with fever or respiratory disease symptoms and had recently visited healthcare facilities in Seoul will be considered suspected carriers of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.


This was the message from Centre of Health Protection Controller Dr Leung Ting-hung today, saying they will be required to undergo a medical examination upon entering Hong Kong.


He said the move is to ensure patients are identified as soon as possible to prevent further infections.


It will be implemented immediately, due to the rising number of MERS cases in Seoul and the inability of Korean authorities to provide a list of the country's medical facilities affected by the disease.


Dr Leung urged visitors to truthfully report their health condition to health officials so they can receive timely treatment and prevent infection spread.


He said a 32-year-old man was stopped at Hong Kong airport today and was quarantined at Lady MacLehose Holiday Village.


He is a close contact of the Korean man with MERS who travelled from Korea to the Mainland last week via Hong Kong. It brings the total number of people under quarantine to 19, with none of them showing symptoms so far.