Two (2) more Legionnaires Disease infections were reported on 18-2-2020, bringing the total number of Hong Kong cases to twenty two (22) and sixteen (16) of those reside near Choi Hung. The new cases report by CHP include:
- A male patient, aged 94 with underlying illness, who lives in Hung Shek House, Ping Shek Estate, Kwun Tong
- A female patient, aged 52 with underlying illness, who lives in Block 2, 22 Wing Ting Road, Ngau Chi Wan (Fire Service Married Quarters)
The CHP report [link] lists fourteen (14) cases, attributing two cases (12 and 13) as residing in a different area, although physically close to the Choi Hung area, approx. 1000m from the buildings implicated in Choi Hung, Kowloon.
In earlier CHP reporting it’s noted that the Choi Hung MTR station has four cooling towers samples were taken before they were disinfected on 4 and 12 Feb 2020. And these match specimens from six (6) patients in the Choi Hung Area.
The novel coronavirus covid19 epidemic has increased awareness and heightened surveillance in Hong Kong. Since both diseases present with similar symptoms and both involve pneumonia, further Legionnaires Disease infections will be detected and diagnosed in the coming months.
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