Seven more HK patients treated for mystery disease

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s health and food secretary said yesterday that seven more people are being treated for a possible viral pneumonia.

With the newly reported cases, authorities believe a total of 15 patients in Hong Kong may have contracted a mysterious respiratory disease that has infected at least 44 people in the mainland Chinese city of Wuhan. As of Friday, 11 of the 44 were in critical condition.

The outbreak, which emerged last month, has revived memories of the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic that started in southern China and killed more than 700 people in mainland China, Hong Kong and elsewhere.

Health surveillance officers use temperature scanner to monitor passengers arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport. PHOTO: AP