CHP investigates influenza-like illness outbreak

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (December 7) urged members of the public and management of institutions to maintain good environmental and personal hygiene to prevent influenza.

     The appeal was made after the CHP received a report of an influenza-like illness outbreak at a kindergarten in Kwun Tong, affecting 23 children.

     The affected children comprise seven boys and 16 girls aged between three and five. They developed symptoms of respiratory tract infection, including fever, cough and sore throat beginning from November 27.

     Two of them required hospitalisation. All those affected are in a stable condition.

     CHP staff have visited the school and provided health advice.

     To prevent respiratory tract infection, members of the public are advised to adopt the following measures:

*  Build up good body immunity by having a proper diet, regular exercise and adequate rest, reducing stress and avoiding smoking;
*  Maintain good personal hygiene, wash hands after sneezing or coughing and cleaning nose, and wear a mask when having symptoms of respiratory tract infection;
*  Maintain good ventilation; and
*  Avoid visiting crowded places with poor ventilation.

Ends/Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Issued at HKT 16:48