27-year-old man linked to Mpox case after visiting popular gay-friendly Cloakroom sauna in TST

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24th 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 (also known as Monkeypox). As a result, the public is advised to exercise heightened vigilance and avoid close physical contact with individuals suspected of having contracted Mpox. High-risk groups are also advised to consider receiving Mpox vaccination.

The case involves a 27-year-old male patient with a healthy medical history. He experienced a skin rash since 19th May and sought medical attention from a general practitioner on the same day. Yesterday, he visited Princess Margaret Hospital and was subsequently admitted. Currently, his condition is stable.

The patient disclosed that he did not travel during the incubation period. However, he had high-risk contacts while visiting the popular gay recreational establishment Cloakroom sauna, located on Observatory Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, during that time. Initial investigations have not revealed any epidemiological connections between this case and previously confirmed cases in Hong Kong. The CHP continues to conduct epidemiological investigations and will report the case to the World Health Organisation.

The CHP reiterates its appeal to high-risk groups to consider Mpox vaccination, as it can help reduce the risk of infection or the severity of symptoms. Individuals experiencing Mpox symptoms, such as rashes, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, muscle pain, or severe headaches, should seek immediate medical attention and refrain from engaging in activities where others may come into contact with their skin rash or body fluids. The public is reminded to maintain good personal and hand hygiene, avoiding close physical contact with individuals or animals suspected of infection.

To facilitate inquiries and provide health advice, the CHP has established a Mpox telephone hotline (2125 2373) operating from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays). The hotline is particularly useful for those who suspect high-risk contact with confirmed patients, including men who have sex with men or engage in sexual practices with strangers. The CHP urges individuals who have visited the aforementioned recreational premises within the past three weeks or suspect high-risk contact with confirmed patients to call the Mpox hotline promptly.