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Case of Legionnaires' disease under CHP investigation

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (September 15) investigating a case of Legionnaires' disease (LD) affecting a 55-year-old man.

     The patient, with underlying illnesses, presented with fever on September 7. He was admitted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital on September 9. His current condition is stable.

     His urine specimen tested positive for Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 antigen upon laboratory testing.

     His home contacts have so far remained asymptomatic. Investigations are proceeding.

     This is the 17th LD case reported to the CHP this year. Twenty-eight cases were filed in 2012 and 17 in 2011.

     The public may visit the CHP's website ( for further information on LD and corresponding preventive advice.

Ends/Sunday, September 15, 2013
Issued at HKT 17:55


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