By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health officials in Hong Kong are reporting an additional case of human infection of rat Hepatitis E virus (HEV).

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According to the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health, the case involves a 17-year-old male. He was admitted to Hong Kong Children Hospital for management due to underlying illnesses in August last year and had passed away on December 27 in the same year due to his underlying illnesses. He was found to have liver function derangement during admission.

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The patient’s previous blood specimens tested positive for rat HEV upon retrospective laboratory testing.

The CHP’s epidemiological investigations revealed that the patient resided in Kwai Tsing District.

“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.