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Update on cluster of Norovirus cases in Siu Lam Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     Regarding the earlier announcement concerning a male severe mentally handicapped ward in which some patients had been confirmed with Norovirus, the spokesperson of Siu Lam Hospital made the following update today (January 20):

     One more 46-year-old male patient and one more staff member in the ward presented with diarrhoea or vomiting symptoms. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patient and the test results were positive for Norovirus. The patient concerned has been transferred to Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment under isolation and is in stable condition. The staff member is currently on leave.

     Admission to and discharge from the ward have been suspended. 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/Friday, January 20, 2012
Issued at HKT 18:15


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