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Cluster of Influenza B cases in Castle Peak Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Castle Peak Hospital made the following announcement today (March 13):

     Five patients (aged 42 to 68) and a staff member in a female long-stay ward had presented with respiratory symptoms since March 7. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients. Test results for all five patients were positive for Influenza B. The patients are being treated under isolation and two of them have been transferred to Tuen Mun Hospital. All patients are in stable condition. The staff member concerned has recovered and resumed duty.

     Admission to the ward has been suspended and 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/Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Issued at HKT 19:39


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