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A critical case of Group A Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (July 29) investigating a critical case of Group A Streptococcal infection involving a 44-year-old man with chronic illness.

     The patient presented with fever, sore throat and a painful blister over his right heel since July 23. He developed hypotension and abdominal pain on July 27 and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

     Laboratory test on his right heel blister fluid grew Streptococcus pyogenes. The diagnosis was severe Group A Streptococcal infection with toxic shock syndrome.

     He is currently in critical condition.

     The patient had no recent travel history. One of his home contacts complained of sore throat but there was no fever nor rash. Other home contacts were asymptomatic.

     CHP's investigation continues.

Ends/Friday, July 29, 2011
Issued at HKT 19:25


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