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CHP investigates confirmed case of severe paediatric influenza B infection

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health seeks to draw public attention to its investigation into a confirmed case of severe paediatric influenza B infection affecting a 13-year-old boy.

     The boy, enjoying good past health, presented with cough, running nose and sore throat since January 3.  He sought medical consultation and received treatment from a general practitioner on multiple occasions.

     He started to develop headache, vomiting, fever and photophobia since January 15.   He was admitted to St Teresa's Hospital on January 17 and was later transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on the same day.

     The boy was clinically suggestive of meningitis. He is now in stable condition.

     His nasopharyngeal swabs, collected in St Teresa's Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, tested positive for Influenza B.

     Investigation revealed that the boy's mother and elder sister had upper respiratory tract infection symptoms early this month and have both recovered.

     A spokesman reminded members of the public to stay vigilant and take precautionary measures against influenza.

     They are advised to maintain good personal and environmental hygiene and build up good body immunity by having a proper diet, regular exercise, adequate rest, reducing stress and avoiding smoking.

     More details on prevention of influenza are available on CHP's website (

Ends/Thursday, January 19, 2012
Issued at HKT 19:24


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