Government has adequate resources to protect public health

Chief Executive, Mr Chui Sai On, speaks to the press.

The Chief Executive Mr Chui Sai On has assured the public that the Government has adequate resources and facilities, including clear legislation for the prevention and control of diseases. Mr Chui gave this the assurance on 30 May, following the report that a Korean male who travelled to Guangdong via Hong Kong was infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus. Mr Chui said effective quarantine and tracing measures were necessary, as symptoms might appear days later. According to the latest information from Hong Kong health authorities, no Macao resident was on the same flight as the man who flew from Seoul to Hong Kong on 26 May. The Health Bureau said they saw no sign of the spreading of the disease by the five of the 29 who had close contact of the man on the plane: the five visited Macao briefly on 27 and 28 May. However, a Korean visitor who was on the same flight and now in Macao is urged to contact the Bureau. The Bureau will keep in touch with the World Health Organization and health authorities in neighbouring areas on the latest situation and health status of the close contacts. In another case, a resident who returned from Korea with fever was tested for MERS, but results showed the virus was H3N2 influenza. The Bureau urged the public, especially those who have visited the Middle East and Korea recently, to immediately seek medical treatment if fever or cough symptoms developed.

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