Hong Kong health officials released updates recently on the situations on Legionnaires’ disease (LD) and dengue fever (DF).
According to the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today reported from October 23 to 29, three community-acquired LD cases were reported:
- A male patient, aged 63, who lives in Chung Kuk Path, Ho Sheung Heung, Sheung Shui and had travel history outside Hong Kong during part of the incubation period;
- A male patient, aged 86 with underlying illness, who lives in Mongkok City Building, Prince Edward; and
- A male patient, aged 79 with underlying illness, who lives in Wing Lung Wai, Yuen Long;
“Epidemiological investigations are ongoing to identify potential sources of infection, high-risk exposure and clusters, if any,” a spokesman for the CHP said.
As of October 29, a total of 55 LD cases, including 54 community-acquired cases and one institutional death case, had been reported in 2016. In 2015 and 2014, there were 66 and 41 cases respectively.
Concerning dengue fever (DF), from October 7 to 27, four additional imported cases were recorded and the patients had been to Indonesia (two cases), Malaysia (one case) and the Philippines (one case) during the incubation period. As of October 27, the 105 imported cases so far in 2016 were mainly from Indonesia (35), the Philippines (16) and Thailand (14).
As far as local cases, four have been detected to date in 2016.