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CHP investigates influenza-like illness outbreak

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has reminded members of the public and management of institutions to maintain good environmental and personal hygiene to prevent influenza.

     The reminder followed the CHP's investigation into an influenza-like illness (ILI) outbreak at a primary school in Wong Tai Sin, affecting 40 students.

     The affected children, comprising 20 males and 20 females aged between 6 and 11, developed symptoms of respiratory tract infection, including fever, cough and sore throat, since February 10.

     Medical consultation was sought for 30 of the affected students. One of them, a 6-year-old girl, was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital. She has already been discharged. All are in stable condition.

     The hospitalised girl's nasopharyngeal aspirate tested positive for influenza B.

     CHP staff have visited the school and provided health advice to the management.

     To prevent respiratory tract infection, members of the public are advised to adopt the following measures:

* Build up good body immunity by having a proper diet, regular exercise and adequate rest, reducing stress and avoiding smoking;
* Maintain good personal hygiene, wash hands after sneezing or coughing and cleaning the nose, and wear a mask when having symptoms of respiratory tract infection;
* Maintain good ventilation; and
* Avoid visiting crowded places with poor ventilation.

Ends/Friday, February 17, 2012
Issued at HKT 17:32


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