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CHP investigates imported cholera case

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CHP investigates imported cholera case
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CHP investigates imported cholera case

2024-06-14 19:30 Last Updated At:06-15 01:45

Chp investigates imported cholera case: public urged to practice good hygiene locally and during travel to prevent spread of disease

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (June 14) investigating an imported case of cholera, and again appealed to the public for good personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

The case involves a 29-year-old male with good past health, who travelled overseas with his family from June 2 to 4 and developed diarrhoea starting from June 5. He sought medical attention at Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital on June 10 and no admission was required at that time.

His stool specimen today yielded toxigenic Vibrio cholerae O1 serotype Ogawa upon testing by the CHP's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch. The patient was admitted to a private hospital for isolation and management yesterday (June 13). He has been in stable condition.

Initial investigations revealed that his travel collaterals and home contacts are asymptomatic and have been put under medical surveillance. Officers of the CHP have inspected the patient's residence and collected clinical and environmental samples for testing. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has also conducted thorough cleaning and disinfection at the relevant residence.

No epidemiological linkages have been found so far between this case and another previously recorded imported case in Hong Kong with a similar travel history. The CHP's investigations are ongoing.

"Most cholera patients have gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhoea or vomiting. Some patients with severe symptoms present with a sudden onset of profuse diarrhoea with rice-water-like and fishy smelling stools, nausea and vomiting. Without prompt treatment, these patients may die from severe dehydration," a spokesman for the CHP said.

Cholera is usually contracted through consumption of food or water contaminated with Vibrio cholerae. Human-to-human transmission rarely happens.

The CHP advised the public to observe good personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel:

In addition, travellers to cholera-affected areas should:

The public may visit the CHP'scholera pagefor more information.

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New taxi fares to take effect from July 14

The Transport Department (TD) announced today (July 13) that the new taxi fares for urban, New Territories (NT) and Lantau taxis will take effect from tomorrow (July 14).

The new fares are as follows:

Fare (HK$)

Urban Taxi

(Red)

NT Taxi

(Green)

Lantau Taxi

(Blue)

Flagfall charge

For the first two kilometres or any part thereof

$29

$25.5

$24

Incremental charge

For every subsequent 200 metres or any part thereof, or for every waiting period of one minute or any part thereof

(Below $102.5)

$2.1 per jump

(Below $82.5)

$1.9 per jump

(Below $195)

$1.9 per jump

($102.5 or above)

$1.4 per jump

($82.5 or above)

$1.4 per jump

($195 or above)

$1.6 per jump

For additional charges of the three types of taxis, the fares for every piece of baggage carried (except light personal hand baggage carried inside the passenger compartment) will remain at $6; and the fares for every animal or bird carried and every hiring arranged through telephone booking will remain at $5.

Taxi drivers have to charge according to taximeters. From July 14, taxi drivers have to display the fare conversion tables issued by the TD (see Annex) in the vehicle if the taximeters are yet to be adjusted to display the new fares. Taxi passengers have to pay the new fares according to the conversion tables. When taxi drivers charge new fares according to the conversion tables, the fare amount based on the new fares has to be written down on fare receipts issued to passengers.

Details on the new taxi fares are available on the TD's website (www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/public_transport/taxi/taxi_fare_of_hong_kong/index.html).

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