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Korea MERS situation monitored

June 03, 2015

The Government will closely monitor Korea's Middle East Respiratory Syndrome situation, as third tier infection may have occurred, Secretary for Food & Health Dr Ko Wing-man said today.


Dr Ko told reporters this morning that despite all of Korea's confirmed cases being infected within a healthcare setting, the Government will be on the alert for other sources of transmission.


Hong Kong authorities boosted port health surveillance yesterday by requiring visitors to sign a health declaration confirming that the information they provide is the truth.


The Hospital Authority also urged healthcare workers to suspend all medical exchange activities in South Korea, especially those in Seoul.


Travellers to the country are advised to avoid healthcare institutions. They should wear face masks and keep their hands clean if they must visit such facilities.


The Government has been unable to obtain a list of Korean medical facilities affected by the disease and has asked the World Health Organisation for help.


Commenting on the city's first locally-contracted Dengue fever case this year, Dr Ko noted the Government has been maintaining its anti-mosquito measures since winter, as the disease remained active in neighbouring countries.


He advised workers at construction sites to clean up debris and stagnant water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.