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Latest update on Siu Lam Hospital patients confirmed with Norovirus

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     Regarding the earlier announcement on 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 21):

     Two more male patients (aged 38 and 55) in the ward had presented with diarrhoea or vomiting symptoms. Appropriate viral tests had been arranged for the patients and their test results were positive for Norovirus. The concerned patients have been transferred to Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment under isolation and are in stable condition.
     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/Saturday, January 21, 2012
Issued at HKT 15:06


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