Foreign man arrives in Hong Kong from Guangzhou with suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)


A foreign man was detained at the Prevention and Control of Disease checkpoint as he had symptoms of fever and MERS. He took the G6537 high speed train from Guangzhou and arrived at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station at 7.58pm last night. Airport authority arranged for an ambulance to send him and his accompanying friend to the hospital for further examination.

The train coach no. 11 which carried the infected passenger has been suspended for service pending disinfection to reduce airborne pathogens. The same train left Hong kong at 8.23pm and its service has been stalled after arriving in Guangzhou.

Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), also known as camel flu, is a viral respiratory infection caused by the MERS-coronavirus (MERS-CoV).Symptoms may range from mild to severe.They include fevercoughdiarrhea, and shortness of breath.Disease is typically more severe in those with other health problems. Mortality is about one-third of diagnosed cases.

As of 2016 there was no specific vaccine or treatment for the disease;[ a number of antiviral medications were being studied.