The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health said today (20 December) that it is investigating a confirmed case of monkeypox involving a 31-year-old male patient who was previously in good health, who had no travel record but began to develop a local rash on 9 September, and had fever, chills, headache, muscle pain and swollen lymph nodes, and had high-risk exposure in Hong Kong during the incubation period. So far, a total of 15 confirmed monkeypox cases have been reported in Hong Kong.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health announced on 9 September that a confirmed case of monkeypox involving a 20-year-old male patient who was previously in good health was under investigation. （Getty Images）
According to the CHP, the male patient was in good health and developed a local rash with fever, chills, headache, myalgia and swollen lymph nodes on 9 September, and subsequently sought treatment at the Men's Social Health Unit Clinic in Yau Ma Tei, Department of Health on 15 September. The patient is in stable condition and has been admitted to Margaret Hospital. According to the information provided by the patient, he had high-risk exposure in Hong Kong during the incubation period.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the patient had no travel record during the incubation period. The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) has not identified any epidemiological link with other confirmed monkeypox cases previously reported in Hong Kong. The CFS is continuing its epidemiological investigation into the case. The Centre will inform the World Health Organization of the case.
The CFS reminds the public to be vigilant and avoid close physical contact with persons suspected of being infected with monkeypox, and strongly recommends that people in high-risk target groups receive monkeypox vaccine.
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