The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported investigating a case of human infection of rat Hepatitis E virus (HEV) in an 89-year-old woman from Ngau Chi Wan.

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The patient  had presented with anorexia, abdominal pain and jaundice. She was referred by a private doctor to the Accident and Emergency Department of Kwong Wah Hospital on August 17 and was admitted on the same day. She was found to have deranged liver function during hospitalization.

The patient is now in stable condition. Her blood sample tested positive for rat HEV upon laboratory testing.

She did not have contact with rodents or rats, and had no travel history during the incubation period.

“Based on the available epidemiological information, the source and the route of infection could not be determined. The CHP’s investigation is ongoing,” a spokesman for the CHP said.

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