By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health announced Wednesday another human infection of rat Hepatitis E virus (HEV).

Rattus norvegicus/National Park Service

The case involves a 59-year-old man with underlying illnesses. He was found to have deranged liver function during hospitalisation in Prince of Wales Hospital.

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

The CHP’s epidemiological investigations revealed that the patient resided in Tai Po. He 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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