Hong Kong reports new case of Streptococcus suis

HONG KONG - A Hong Kong woman has been infected with a deadly pig-borne disease that last year killed at least 40 people in China, the government said on Tuesday.

Laboratory tests confirmed the 69-year-old woman was infected with streptococcus suis, the Department of Health said in a statement. It was the first case in the territory this year.

The woman was admitted to a hospital on January 11 after suffering from fever and pains in the shoulder and feet, the statement said. She is now in stable condition.

The Hong Kong woman hadn’t recently travelled, and her family members were put under medical surveillance, the health department said.

The streptococcus suis bacteria, commonly found in pigs, killed at least 38 people in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan last year.

Hong Kong recorded 13 cases of the disease in 2005, including two fatalities. None of the cases were linked to the mainland.

Source: Mumbai Mirror
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