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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 is drawing public attention to its investigation into a confirmed case of severe paediatric influenza B infection affecting a 6-year-old girl.

     The girl, with good past health, lives in Tsuen Wan. She developed fever, cough and runny nose since February 21 and sought medical attention from a general practitioner on the same day. She was admitted to Yan Chai Hospital on February 26. She was transferred to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit of Princess Margaret Hospital the next day as she developed pneumonia and pleural effusion. Her current condition is stable.

     Nasopharyngeal aspirate taken from the girl tested positive for influenza B. Culture of pleural fluid yielded Streptococcus pneumoniae.

     She has no recent travel history. Her home contacts are asymptomatic.

     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 through a proper diet and regular exercise, taking adequate rest, reducing stress and avoiding smoking.

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

Ends/Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Issued at HKT 19:12


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