Novel coronavirus

Hong Kong woman tests negative for Sars-like virus

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 April, 2013, 12:13pm
UPDATED : Friday, 05 April, 2013, 11:05pm

A Hong Kong woman who showed respiratory symptoms after a trip to the Middle East have tested negative for a Sars-like virus, the Health Department said on Friday.

Preliminary labouratory test results for respiratory specimens from the 37-year-old woman were negative for the novel coronavirus, a department spokesman said.

The woman, with good past health, travelled to Turkey and Dubai from March 24 to 31. She presented with fever, headache and shortness of breath since April 1 and was isolated in Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“Her current condition is stable,” the spokesman said.

The novel coronavirus has killed 11 people since it was first reported in the Middle East last September. It is also associated with Sars or severe respiratory disease that killed more than 700 people worldwide, including 299 in Hong Kong in 2003.

The spokesman added that the Centre for Health Protection would continue surveillance with public and private hospitals, practising doctors and the airport for any suspected infection.