CHP investigates local measles infection case involving a 6-year-old girl


10th August 2022 – (Hong Kong)    The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today investigating a local case of measles infection and reminded the public that vaccination is the most effective way to prevent measles.

The case involves a 6-year-old girl who has developed fever and sore throat since 2nd and 3rd August, and developed rash and conjunctivitis on 5th and 6th August. She was taken to a private paediatrician on 3rd August 3and to Hong Kong Baptist Hospital (HKBH) on 5th and 6th August for medical attention. She was admitted to HKBH for treatment on 7th August. She is in a stable condition and was discharged on 8th August.

Her blood sample tested positive for immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibodies to the measles virus upon laboratory testing. The patient has received measles vaccinations. She had no travel history during the incubation period and the communicable period.

 According to information provided by family members of the patient, she did not have contact with measles patients during the incubation period. Her home contacts have remained asymptomatic so far and have been put under medical surveillance.

Upon notification of the case, the CHP immediately commenced epidemiological investigations and conducted relevant contact tracing. Investigations are ongoing.