Monday, May 13, 2013

Coronavirus caution urged (13.5.2013)

Coronavirus caution urged (5-13-2013)

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Published on May 13, 2013
Centre for Health Protection Controller Dr Leung Ting-hung has called on doctors to watch for patients with novel coronavirus signs, saying early symptoms may not be respiratory.

Dr Leung issued the caution at a press conference today, after Saudi Arabia and France reported coronavirus cases to the World Health Organisation last week.

He said those infected with coronavirus may initially show atypical symptoms, such as diarrhoea. He asked doctors to pay special attention to immunocompromised patients and those with underlying medical conditions.

The centre will write to public and private hospitals and practising doctors reminding them to be on high alert for suspected cases.

The French and Saudi Arabian cases were tied to an outbreak at a healthcare facility.

There have been 34 confirmed cases globally since September, including 20 deaths, with most cases occurring in the Middle East. ( )

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