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21 Dec 2012

Hong Kong, Update on cluster of Influenza A cases in Siu Lam Hospital (December 21 2012)

[Source: Hospital Authority, Hong Kong PRC SAR, full text: (LINK).]

Update on cluster of Influenza A cases in Siu Lam Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

Regarding an earlier announcement on clusters of confirmed cases of Influenza A in a male ward and a female ward for the severe mentally handicapped, the spokesperson for Siu Lam Hospital made the following update today (December 21):

Four more patients (aged 23 to 60) in the male ward and one more 27-year-old patient in the female ward had presented with fever and respiratory symptoms.

Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients and their test results were positive for Influenza A.

The patients concerned are being treated under isolation and are in stable condition.

Admission to the wards has been suspended and restricted visiting has been imposed. Infection control measures have already been stepped up according to established guidelines. All other patients in the wards concerned are under close surveillance.

The cases have been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up.

Ends/Friday, December 21, 2012
Issued at HKT 17:15