20-year-old male patient confirmed with Monkeypox

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Yau Ma Tei Male Social Hygiene Clinic

23rd May 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Health Protection (CHP), under the Department of Health (DH), announced today that it is currently investigating a confirmed case of Mpox, commonly known as Monkeypox. In light of this development, the CHP is urging the public to remain vigilant and avoid close physical contact with individuals suspected of contracting Mpox. Additionally, high-risk target groups are strongly advised to receive the Mpox vaccination.

The case involves a 20-year-old male patient who has underlying health conditions. On 11th May, he developed a skin rash and subsequently sought medical attention at the Yau Ma Tei Male Social Hygiene Clinic of the DH on 21st May. Presently, the patient’s condition is stable, and arrangements have been made for his admission to Princess Margaret Hospital.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that the patient had high-risk exposure in Hong Kong during the incubation period and did not have any travel history. As of now, no epidemiological links have been established between this case and previously confirmed cases in Hong Kong. The CHP is actively conducting further epidemiological investigations and will report the case to the World Health Organization.