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Cluster of Influenza B cases in psychogeriatric admission ward of Castle Peak Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     A spokesperson for Castle Peak Hospital (CPH) made the following announcement today (October 17):

     Four male patients (aged 66 to 79) in a psychogeriatric admission ward have presented with respiratory symptoms since October 13.  Appropriate viral tests were arranged and two of the patients tested positive for Influenza B.  The patients concerned have been transferred to Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment under isolation and are in a stable condition.

     Admission to the ward has been suspended and restricted visiting 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/Monday, October 17, 2011
Issued at HKT 18:22


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