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CHP investigates outbreak of acute gastroenteritis in kindergarten in Sheung Shui
     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (June 23) investigating an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) at a kindergarten in Sheung Shui, and hence reminded the public and management of institutions to maintain personal and environmental hygiene against AGE.

     The outbreak involves 14 students, comprising eight boys and six girls aged four to five, as well as six staff members. They have developed vomiting, diarrhoea and fever since June 19. Among them, four students and one staff member sought medical attention but none required hospitalisation. All affected persons have been in a stable condition.

     Officers of the CHP conducted a site visit and provided health advice to the staff of the school concerning proper and thorough disinfection, the disposal of vomit, and personal and environmental hygiene. The school has been put under medical surveillance.

     The CHP's investigations are ongoing.

     A spokesman for the CHP advised members of the public to take heed of the following preventive measures against gastroenteritis:
  • Ensure proper personal hygiene;
  • Wash hands thoroughly before handling food and eating, after using the toilet or after changing diapers;
  • Wear gloves when disposing of vomitus or faecal matter, and wash hands afterwards;
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated areas or items promptly and thoroughly with diluted household bleach (by adding one part of bleach containing 5.25 per cent sodium hypochlorite to 49 parts of water). Wash hands thoroughly afterwards;
  • Maintain good indoor ventilation;
  • Pay attention to food hygiene;
  • Use separate utensils to handle raw and cooked food;
  • Avoid food that is not thoroughly cooked;
  • Drink boiled water; and
  • Do not patronise unlicensed food premises and food stalls.

     The public may visit the CHP's website (www.chp.gov.hk) or call the Health Education Hotline (2833 0111) for more information.
Ends/Friday, June 23, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:45
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