Discarded food waste creates a rats’ paradise in an alley of a market in the same district where a second Hong Kong resident was infected with the hepatitis E virus. Photo: David Wong

World’s second case of rat hepatitis E in humans reported in Hong Kong, two months after local resident revealed as first patient

  • Patient, 70, is a retiree who lived in the Wong Tai Sin district, the same area as man in previous case
  • Expert says both infections are not linked despite two locations being only 3km apart
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Discarded food waste creates a rats’ paradise in an alley of a market in the same district where a second Hong Kong resident was infected with the hepatitis E virus. Photo: David Wong
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Elizabeth Cheung

Elizabeth Cheung

Elizabeth Cheung has been a health reporter for the Post's Hong Kong desk since 2014. She covers general medical news, breakthrough medical treatments and research, government policy and hospital blunders. Elizabeth has a master's in development studies.