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HKWC's response to a case of Japanese encephalitis
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Hong Kong West Cluster (HKWC) made the following response to a case of Japanese encephalitis (JE) announced by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (July 20):

     The male patient has been successively hospitalised in Grantham Hospital (GH) and Queen Mary Hospital (QMH)since May 10. On July 6, he developed JE symptoms at GH. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis was conducted on July 11 and the diagnosis was confirmed today.

     The patient is now receiving treatment at QMH in critical condition. The clinical teams have communicated with the patient's relatives to explain the diagnosis and will continue to provide appropriate treatment to the patient.

     Regular mosquito preventive measures are implemented at HKWC according to the established guidelines of Hospital Authority. Since May 2017, the measures have been stepped up in the cluster. In response to this reported case, QMH and GH have further enhanced the frequency of anti-mosquito measures.

     HKWC will facilitate the investigation of CHP to identify the source of infection as well as implementing any related measures.
Ends/Thursday, July 20, 2017
Issued at HKT 22:15
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