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Cluster of Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Siu Lam Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Siu Lam Hospital made the following announcement today (February 26):

     Fifteen patients (aged 19 to 61) in a male ward for severe intellectual disability have presented with respiratory symptoms since February 21. Appropriate viral tests were arranged and 11 patients tested positive for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. The  patients concerned are being treated under isolation and are in a stable condition.

     Admission to the ward 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 ward 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/Thursday, February 26, 2015
Issued at HKT 18:40


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