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Update on cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci cases in medical ward of Caritas Medical Centre

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     Regarding the announcement earlier on a male medical ward in which some patients had been confirmed with Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE), the spokesperson for Caritas Medical Centre made the following update today (August 22):

     One more 77-year-old male patient, admitted to the ward concerned for chest infection, was confirmed today to be a VRE carrier. The patient is being treated under isolation and is in stable condition. The hospital has stepped up infection control measures according to established guidelines. All other patients in the ward concerned are under close surveillance.

     The case has been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for follow-up.

Ends/Monday, August 22, 2011
Issued at HKT 17:53


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