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Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 21:44
Health official: Wuhan disease has 2-week incubation period
By ​He Shusi in Hong Kong
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 21:44 By ​He Shusi in Hong Kong

Pedestrians don surgical masks to guard themselves against the Wuhan pneumonia in Hong Kong, Jan 8, 2020. (CALVIN NG/CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG – The Wuhan infectious disease has an incubation period of about two weeks, said a Hong Kong health official on Wednesday after a visit to the mainland city.

As of Tuesday, the Hospital Authority has reported 76 cases that might be related to the Wuhan outbreak. Sixty of the patients have since been discharged

Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Communicable Disease Branch of the Centre for Health Protection of Hong Kong’s Department of Health, said there are 41 confirmed pneumonia cases in Wuhan, including cluster cases in two families. She added human-to-human transmission has not been ruled out.

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She was one of the representatives from the special administrative region government who visited Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei province, in the past two days to learn about the prevention and control measures as well as clinical management of the illness on the mainland.

Chui Tak-yi, Hong Kong undersecretary for food and health, said the SAR government should remain vigilant against the disease, adding that the government is taking the right precautions to prevent the possible spread of the infection.

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The Hong Kong and mainland governments will sustain close communication on the disease, Chui said, adding the National Health Commission would share the virus’ genome sequence with the SAR government.

As of Tuesday, the city’s Hospital Authority has reported 76 cases that might be related to the Wuhan outbreak. Sixty of them have already been discharged, while those still hospitalized are in stable condition.



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