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Human Metapneumovirus case in forensic admission ward in Castle Peak Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Castle Peak Hospital made the following announcement today (October 13):

     Three male patients (aged 37 to 51) in a forensic admission ward had presented with respiratory symptoms since October 10. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients and one of them tested positive for Human Metapneumovirus. The patients are being treated under isolation and one of them has been transferred to Tuen Mun Hospital. All patients are 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/Thursday, October 13, 2011
Issued at HKT 19:17


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