One additional melioidosis infection reported in Tai Po

The Centre for Health Protection said on Friday that one new confirmed melioidosis infection case had been recorded in the past week, involving a 50-year-old man who has diabetes and lives in Tai Po. Epidemiological investigation revealed that he went camping in rural areas last December and had been exposed to soil and rainwater.

The center said the man suffered from toothache since December 24 last year and consulted a dentist and received treatment on January 7. He later developed a fever and facial pain and swelling, and attended the Accident and Emergency Department of Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital on January 11, where he was admitted on the same day.

“He was diagnosed with dental abscess and infections over his face, eye orbit and neck. His condition has been stable all along. His blood sample was confirmed positive for Burkholderia pseudomallei upon testing,” a center statement wrote.

A total of two melioidosis infection cases have been recorded in Hong Kong so far this year. In 2022, 46 melioidosis infection cases were recorded, among which 30 cases living in Sham Shui Po were recorded since August that year.