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Cluster of Clostridium Difficile toxin cases in Kowloon Hospital rehabilitation ward

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Kowloon Hospital (KH) made the following announcement today (December 16):

     Three female patients aged 71 to 94 in the rehabilitation ward have presented with diarrhoea since December 10.  The test results of the patients were positive for the Clostridium Difficile toxin.  They are being treated under isolation and are in stable condition.  

     Admission to the ward has been suspended and restricted visits to the ward have been imposed. Infection control measures have 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 follow up.

Ends/Friday, December 16, 2011
Issued at HKT 18:05


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