A 67 year old man who had recently traveled from Qatar to Hong Kong and had been suspected of contracting MERS has tested negative for the virus, according to a spokesperson for the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) for Hong Kong.
The man had become ill while in Qatar and visited a private doctor upon returning to Hong Kong. He was hospitalized in isolation and in stable condition.
Officials stated they will maintain vigilance at public and private hospitals and that doctors are stationed at airports to watch for incoming passengers who may be infected with MERS.
"No human infection with this virus has been identified so far in Hong Kong" According to health officials, "We would like to reassure the public that the Government will be as transparent as possible in the dissemination of information on cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Whenever there is a suspected case, particularly involving patients with travel history to the Middle East, the CHP will release information to the public as soon as possible."