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Update on cluster of Rotavirus cases in a paediatric infant ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson of Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) made the following update today (June 13) regarding an earlier announcement about Rotavirus cases in the QEH paediatric infant ward:

     Another three babies (two male and one female, aged 2 weeks to 4 months) in the paediatric infant ward have presented with diarrhoea symptoms. The test results of the infants concerned were positive for Rotavirus. The infants are being treated under isolation and are in stable condition. Of the five infants confirmed with Rotavirus earlier, three have been discharged. The rest are being treated under isolation and are in stable condition.

     Admission to the cubicle concerned has been suspended. Restricted visiting to and discharge from the ward has been imposed. Infection control measures at the ward concerned have already been stepped up according to prevailing guidelines. All other patients in the ward are under close medical surveillance.

     The cases have been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up action.

Ends/Monday, June 13, 2011
Issued at HKT 19:10


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