By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Hong Kong/CIA

The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) today reported investigating a case of human infection of rat Hepatitis E virus (HEV) involving  a 43-year-old man with underlying illnesses.

The case had presented with liver function derangement since May this year. He has been in a stable condition all along and no hospitalization is required. His blood sample tested positive for rat HEV upon laboratory testing.

The CHP’s epidemiological investigations revealed that the patient resided in Kwai Tsing district. He could neither recall having direct contact with rodents or their excreta, nor had noticed rodents in his residence. He had travelled to Shenzhen 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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