The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) reported on an additional confirmed melioidosis infection case had been recorded in the past week (March 18 to 24).
The case involves a 76-year-old male who has diabetes and lives in Sham Shui Po. He developed fever, cough and generalised weakness on February 25 and attended the Accident and Emergency Department of Caritas Medical Centre on March 1, where he was admitted on the same day. He developed acute retention of urine and was put on a urinary catheter. He was treated with antibiotics and was discharged on March 19. His urinary catheter was blocked on March 20 and he was readmitted on the same day. His urine sample was confirmed positive for Burkholderia pseudomallei upon testing. He is now in stable condition. An epidemiological investigation of the case is ongoing.
A total of four melioidosis infection cases have been recorded in Hong Kong so far this year. In 2022, 46 melioidosis infection cases were recorded, among which 30 cases living in Sham Shui Po were recorded since August that year.
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