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Update on H5N1 case

     Latest laboratory results received by the Department of Health (DH) today (November 18) revealed that all eight close contacts of the H5N1 case were negative for Influenza A (subtype H5).

     The eight, three family members and five other patients who shared a cubicle with the H5N1 patient in a Tuen Mun Hospital ward, were being quarantined at Princess Margaret Hospital.

     The H5N1 patient is also in Princess Margaret Hospital and is still in serious condition.

     Meanwhile, three more contacts who shared a meal with the H5N1 patient on November 11 have been identified. None of them has fever. Contact tracing continues.

     As at 5pm today, a total of 18 public enquiries have been received on the DH hotline set up yesterday.

     A spokesman for DH said a special edition of Communicable Disease Watch featuring the H5N1 case, among others, has been published at the Centre of Health Protection website. The link is: .

Ends/Thursday, November 18, 2010
Issued at HKT 20:11


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