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EDB urges schools to strengthen preventive measures against infectious disease

    Representatives of the Education Bureau (EDB) attended an inter-departmental meeting today (April 27)held by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health in view of the swine influenza outbreak in Mexico and some states in the United States of America.  The meeting discussed on effective preventive measures against the possible spread of the disease in Hong Kong.  

    Subsequent to the meeting, EDB has distributed CHP's letter to all schools on preventive measures against swine fluenza.  CHP's detailed health advice including clinical features of the disease, its mode of transmission and advice on prevention is also disseminated to schools who will be requested to take prompt actions and relay the information to parents for their help in working hand-in-hand against the spread of the disease.

     CHP's letter together with its detailed health advice has been uploaded onto EDB's homepage ( under the "What's New" column.

     Key points as follows :

* Schools should watch out for the conditions of young children who are incapable of taking proper personal care. To prevent possible outbreak of influenza, children with fever and respiratory symptoms are strongly advised not to attend school till 48 hours after fever has subsided. Besides, parents should record the body temperature of their children and hand in the temperature record sheet to the school everyday.

* Any students or staff who return from affected place should wear a surgical mask for seven days as a precautionary measure. If they develop influenza-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat and cough, they should consult doctors for medical advice promptly.

* Schools are also advised to report to CHP promptly should they notice an increase in respiratory illnesses or absenteeism among students for immediate epidemiological investigations and outbreak control.

Ends/Monday, April 27, 2009
Issued at HKT 20:38


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