CHP investigates influenza-like illness outbreak

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (October 4) 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 (ILI) outbreak affecting 19 students and two staff members at a secondary school in Fanling.

     The affected persons comprised 10 males and 11 females aged between 11 and 39. They developed symptoms of respiratory tract infection, including fever, cough and sore throat since September 30.

     One person required hospitalisation. All those affected are in stable condition.

     A nasopharyngeal aspirate specimen from the admitted student tested positive for Influenza A.

     CHP staff have visited the school and provided health advice to the management.

     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 and environmental 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, October 4, 2011
Issued at HKT 17:35