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CHP announces investigation progress of a case of dengue fever

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CHP announces investigation progress of a case of dengue fever
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CHP announces investigation progress of a case of dengue fever

2024-06-19 21:30 Last Updated At:21:48

Chp urges public to enhance mosquito control measures following dengue fever case; investigations ongoing in hong kong airport and tin shui wai

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (June 19) continued its investigation into a case of dengue fever (DF) announced yesterday (June 18). The CHP urged again the public to maintain strict environmental hygiene, mosquito control and personal protective measures both locally and during travel.

According to the latest findings of epidemiological investigations, no linked case has been identified by the CHP so far. Meanwhile, blood sample of the patient's household contact tested negative for dengue virus upon laboratory testing. As at 6pm today, the CHP has contacted over 2 600 residents from over 1 000 households of Tin Shui (1) Estate in Tin Shui Wai where the patient resided. No suspected case is identified.

The CHP's further investigations revealed that the patient works in a company at Super Terminal 1 of Hong Kong International Airport. Due to operational needs, she occasionally visits to the Cathay Cargo Terminal and Airport Freight Forwarding Centre. Her colleagues are currently asymptomatic and under medical surveillance. Officers from the CHP and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) inspected the relevant locations today. The management of the premises is advised to strengthen their anti-mosquito measures. The CHP and the Hong Kong Airport Authority have provided the relevant information to the airport staffs and will arrange health talk for the staffs working in the relevant premises.

In addition, the patient recalled history of mosquito bites on a bus when travelling to and from workplace during the incubation period. Officers from the CHP inspected cleansing service contractor's mosquito prevention and control work on buses of that bus route concerned. The Transport Department has also requested the bus operator to strengthen mosquito control measures at appropriate times.

The CHP held a health talk jointly with the FEHD this evening in the Tin Shui Community Centre, during which the CHP also conducted free DF antibody tests for people in the district with relevant symptoms.

Meanwhile, the CHP appeals to persons who have been to Tin Shui (1) Estate with DF symptoms to call the CHP's hotline (2125 2374) which is operating from 9am to 5pm from today, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) for laboratory investigation or referral as appropriate. Dengue fever is clinically characterised by high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph nodes and rash.

The CHP's investigations are ongoing.

The public should take heed of the following advice on mosquito control:

  • Thoroughly check all gully traps, roof gutters, surface channels and drains to prevent blockage;
  • Scrub and clean drains and surface channels with an alkaline detergent compound at least once a week to remove any deposited mosquito eggs;
  • Properly dispose of refuse, such as soft drink cans, empty bottles and boxes, in covered litter containers;
  • Completely change the water of flowers and plants at least once a week. The use of saucers should be avoided if possible;
  • Level irregular ground surfaces before the rainy season;
  • Avoid staying in shrubby areas; and
  • Take personal protective measures such as wearing light-coloured long-sleeved clothes and trousers and apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothing and uncovered areas of the body when doing outdoor activities.
  • DEET-containing insect repellents are effective and the public should take heed of the tips below:

  • Read the label instructions carefully first;
  • Apply right before entering an area with risk of mosquito bites;
  • Apply on exposed skin and clothing;
  • Use DEET of up to 30 per cent for pregnant women and up to 10 per cent for children*;
  • Apply sunscreen first, then insect repellent; and
  • Re-apply only when needed and follow the instructions.
  • * For children who travel to countries or areas where mosquito-borne diseases are endemic or epidemic and where exposure is likely, those aged 2 months or above can use DEET-containing insect repellents with a DEET concentration of up to 30 per cent.

    The public should call 1823 in case of mosquito problems and may visit the following pages for more information: the DF pages of theCHPand theTravel Health Service, the latestTravel Health News,tips for using insect repellents, and the CHPFacebook PageandYouTube Channel.

    CHP announces investigation progress of a case of dengue fever  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    CHP announces investigation progress of a case of dengue fever Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    CHP announces investigation progress of a case of dengue fever  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    CHP announces investigation progress of a case of dengue fever Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    CHP announces investigation progress of a case of dengue fever  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    CHP announces investigation progress of a case of dengue fever Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    HKSAR Government's Institutional Green Bonds Offering

    The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:

    The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (the HKSAR Government) today (July 18) announced the successful offering of approximately HK$25 billion worth of green bonds (the Green Bonds), denominated in Renminbi (RMB), US dollars (USD), and euro (EUR) under the Government Sustainable Bond Programme (previously known as the Government Green Bond Programme).

    Following a virtual roadshow on July 16, 2024, the Green Bonds were priced on July 17, 2024 as follows:

  • RMB2 billion 2-year tranche at 2.60 per cent;
  • RMB2 billion 5-year tranche at 2.70 per cent;
  • RMB2 billion 10-year tranche at 2.80 per cent;
  • RMB2 billion 20-year tranche at 3.05 per cent;
  • RMB2 billion 30-year tranche at 3.15 per cent;
  • US$1 billion 3-year tranche at 4.336 per cent; and
  • EUR750 million 7-year tranche at 3.379 per cent.
  • The offering attracted participation from a wide spectrum of investors globally, with more than HK$120 billion equivalent in orders. In particular, the 20-year and 30-year RMB Green Bonds were offered for the first time by the HKSAR Government, among which the 30-year bond is also the longest tenor RMB bond offered by the HKSAR Government so far, providing new benchmarks for the market.

    The Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, said, "The issuance of Government green bonds is an important initiative to promote Hong Kong's low-carbon transformation and consolidate Hong Kong's development as a green and sustainable finance hub. Global institutional investors responded enthusiastically to the subscription of these Green Bonds, reaffirming our efforts on this front. The inaugural offering of the 20-year and 30-year RMB bonds helps to extend the offshore RMB yield curve, further enrich offshore RMB product offerings, and promote RMB internationalisation in an orderly manner."

    The Green Bonds are being issued by the HKSAR Government under the Global Medium Term Note Programme dedicated to green bond issuances established in early 2021. The Green Bonds are expected to be settled on July 24, 2024 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. The Green Bonds have been assigned credit ratings of AA+ by S&P Global Ratings and AA- by Fitch.

    The Hong Kong Monetary Authority acted as the HKSAR Government's representative in this green bond offering. Proceeds raised will be credited to the Capital Works Reserve Fund to finance or refinance projects that provide environmental benefits and support sustainable development.

    The HKSAR Government published its Green Bond Framework (the Framework) in March 2019, which sets out how green bond proceeds will be used to fund projects to improve the environment and facilitate the transition to a low carbon economy. The Framework was subsequently updated in February 2022, reflecting the HKSAR Government's latest commitments and strategy in combatting climate change and aligning with the latest international standards and practices in the green bond market. Vigeo Eiris, which is now part of Moody's ESG Solutions, has provided a Second Party Opinion for both the original and updated Green Bond Framework. The Green Bonds have also received the Green and Sustainable Finance Certificate (Pre-issuance Stage) from the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency. The HKSAR Government has since published four annual reports on the allocation of the proceeds from previous green bond issuances and the expected environmental benefits of the projects financed.

    The list of Joint Global Coordinators, Joint Bookrunners, Joint Lead Managers, and Joint Green Structuring Banks for the Green Bonds offering are set out at the attached Annex.

    Investors' Distribution by Category

    Category

    RMB

    Green Bonds

    USD

    Green Bonds

    EUR

    Green Bonds

    Banks

    71%

    57%

    48%

    Central banks, sovereign wealth funds and international organisations

    13%

    22%

    14%

    Fund managers, private banks, insurance companies and others

    16%

    21%

    38%

    Note: The RMB and EUR Green Bonds were offered in Reg S format and the USD Green Bonds in 144A / Reg S format (Note).

    DISCLAIMER:

    NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA OR JAPAN OR IN ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH DISTRIBUTION OR DISSEMINATION WOULD BE PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

    THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT MADE BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN, AND IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA OR JAPAN OR IN ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH DISTRIBUTION OR DISSEMINATION WOULD BE PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

    THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT INTENDED, AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED, AS AN OFFER OF, OR A SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY, SECURITIES IN THE UNITED STATES OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION.

    THE SECURITIES DESCRIBED HEREIN HAVE NOT BEEN AND WILL NOT BE REGISTERED UNDER THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE "SECURITIES ACT"), OR THE LAWS OF ANY STATE OF THE UNITED STATES, AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED OR SOLD WITHIN THE UNITED STATES EXCEPT PURSUANT TO AN EXEMPTION FROM, OR IN A TRANSACTION NOT SUBJECT TO, THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECURITIES ACT AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH ALL APPLICABLE STATE LAWS. THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC OFFERING OF SUCH SECURITIES IN THE UNITED STATES.

    Note: Reg S pertains to offerings of securities made outside of the United States. Rule 144A pertains to placements of securities to qualified institutional buyers in the United States meeting the requirements of that Rule.

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