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Update on cluster of Human Influenza A (H3) cases in long-stay ward in Castle Peak Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     Regarding the announcement earlier on a male long-stay ward in which some patients had been confirmed with Human Influenza A (H3), the spokesperson of Castle Peak Hospital made the following update today (October 18):

     Three more male patients (aged 49 and 50) in the ward had presented with respiratory symptoms. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients and their test results were positive for Human Influenza A (H3). The patients concerned are being treated under isolation and 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/Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Issued at HKT 17:30


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