Two more cases in HK linked to Wuhan outbreak

The Hospital Authority said on Friday that two more people have been admitted to the local hospital with a suspected mystery illness similar to Sars that has originated in Wuhan.

The two female patients, aged 12 and 41, have been to Wuhan in the past 14 days and reported fever and pneumonia symptoms.

They are now being treated in isolation in Princess Margaret Hospital and more tests are being conducted by the health authorities.

“The patients concerned are in stable condition. A preliminary investigation shows that both patients had not been to a wet market in Wuhan before the onset of symptoms,” said chief infection control officer, Dr Raymond Lai, of the Hospital Authority.

In total, public hospitals have reported five such cases since December 31 and two of them have been discharged.

This came as Wuhan authorities said the number of people affected by the mystery illness has risen to 44 from the earlier figure of 27, with 11 of the patients being in serious condition.

But they said there was no reported human-to-human transmission and no medical staff have been infected.

The Sars epidemic in 2003 infected more than 1,700 people in Hong Kong and killed almost 300.

The disease, which is from the same family of viruses as the common cold, emerged in Guangdong province at the end of 2002. It spread to more than 30 countries infecting over 8,000 people, with 744 deaths in total.

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