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     Following is the transcript of remarks made by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko Wing-man, after attending a public function today (May 29):

Reporter: (on the risk assessment of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS))

Secretary for Food and Health: I am very concerned about the outbreak of MERS because the transmission (of the disease) has never been stopped since it occurred more than two years ago. Reports of sporadic cases and cluster of cases continue. Under this situation, Hong Kong has never stopped its vigilance as well as the risk management measures that we have applied. The most important thing for us now is to concentrate our efforts to search out the passengers on the same flight (with the concerned patient) who have been identified as close contacts. In this regard, I would like to appeal to all passengers on the flight concerned to contact the Centre for Health Protection through its hotline.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Friday, May 29, 2015
Issued at HKT 20:27


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