CHINA: HONG KONG – The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health announced Saturday the investigation of a case of invasive Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) infection.
The patient is a one-year-old boy with good past health. He has presented with fever, shortness of breath and wheezing since May 8 and was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment on May 10. The patient is now in stable condition.
His blood culture was tested positive for Hib upon laboratory testing. His clinical diagnoses was sepsis.
The patient had no recent travel history and his home contacts remain asymptomatic. Investigations are ongoing.
Invasive Hib infection commonly presents clinically as infection of membranes covering the brain (meningitis), often accompanied by bacteria entering the bloodstream. It may also affect other parts of the body such as the lungs, the upper part of the throat (epiglottis), joints and bones. Prompt antibiotic treatment is necessary.