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Update on cluster of human swine influenza cases in a female Infirmary ward at TWGHs Wong Tai Sin Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     Regarding some patients being infected with human swine influenza in an infirmary ward in Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Wong Tai Sin Hospital, the hospital spokesman announced the following update today (October 15):

     There are 12 more female patients (aged between 45 and 93) in the concerned ward presented with fever, sore throat or cough symptom. The patients are being treated under isolation and all are in stable condition. Appropriate tests are being carried out and the results of eight patients are positive to human swine influenza.

     Deep cleansing and disinfection have been conducted in the concerned ward. Infection control measures have already been enhanced. Admission to and discharge from the ward are suspended for the time being. No visiting policy to the ward is also implemented. All patients and staff 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/Friday, October 15, 2010
Issued at HKT 19:43


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