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H.K. man infected by pig-borne disease.

HONG KONG, Aug. 14 Kyodo

Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection confirmed Monday that a 56-year-old man who had not traveled recently was treated with the swine-borne disease that emerged in China's Sichuan Province last year and has killed 38 people.

The man, who developed a fever, nausea and hearing loss in both ears on Wednesday, was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital and is currently in stable condition, a statement issued by the center said.

His family members have no symptoms of Streptococcus suis infection but are being put under medical observation.

The statement did not mention about the cause of infection, the fourth reported case this year.

The bacteria Streptococcus suis are commonly found in pigs. Most people who have been infected had handled infected pigs or uncooked pig products. The disease can be treated with antibiotics if detected early, the center said.

The incubation period is said to range from a few hours up to three days.

Infection in humans produces a fever and signs of meningitis, namely headache, vomiting, neck stiffness, intolerance of light and decreased level of consciousness, and occasional hearing loss.
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Date:Aug 21, 2006
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