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31 test negative for MERS

June 11, 2015

Centre for Health Protection Controller Dr Leung Ting-hung confirmed today that 31 out of 33 suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome cases have tested negative for the virus.


A 22-year-old woman who had sought medical treatment at a Tsing Yi clinic yesterday has also tested negative for MERS. She had travelled to Seoul in late May and fell ill after returning to Hong Kong.


Dr Leung also refuted inaccurate MERS information that has been circulating on social media by stressing that Hong Kong has no confirmed cases so far, and urged people to stay calm in response to updates on the disease.


He added that from today, the centre will release MERS updates twice a day, to keep people better informed.


The centre is also monitoring 14 newly reported MERS cases in Korea, nine of which are patients who had visited medical facilities.


Dr Leung said health officials will keep in close contact with Korean authorities.

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