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Update on cluster of Human Metapneumovirus cases in long-stay ward of Castle Peak Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     Regarding the announcement earlier on a female long-stay ward in which some patients had been confirmed with Human Metapneumovirus, the spokesperson for Castle Peak Hospital made the following update today (August 14):

     One more 63-year-old female patient in the ward had presented with respiratory symptoms. Appropriate viral tests had been arranged for the patient and the test results were positive to Human Metapneumovirus. The concerned patient has been transferred to Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment under isolation and is in stable condition.

     Admission to the ward has been suspended and restricted visiting to the ward has been imposed.  Infection control measures have already been stepped up according to established 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.

Ends/Sunday, August 14, 2011
Issued at HKT 16:04


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