Cluster of Parainfluenza Virus Type 3 cases in Siu Lam Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The Siu Lam Hospital spokesperson made the following announcement today (June 14):

     Nine patients (aged 33 to 58) and a staff member in a male ward for the severely mentally handicapped had presented with respiratory symptoms since June 8. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients and test results for five patients were positive for Parainfluenza Virus Type 3. The patients concerned are being treated under isolation and are in stable condition. The staff member concerned has recovered and has resumed duty.

     Admission to and discharge from the ward have been suspended. Restricted visiting to the ward has also been imposed. Infection control measures have already been stepped up according to prevailing guidelines. All other patients in the ward concerned 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 measures.

Ends/Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Issued at HKT 18:00