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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 seeks to draw public attention to its investigation into a confirmed case of severe paediatric influenza B infection affecting a 4-year-old girl.

     The girl, with good past health, developed fever and cough since March 8. She was found unconscious at her home the next day and was admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

     The girl developed haemorrhagic shock encephalopathy syndrome. Her current condition is critical.

     Her tracheal aspirate grew influenza B by viral culture.

     She has no recent travel history. Her home contacts have no flu symptoms.

     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/Friday, March 16, 2012
Issued at HKT 16:24


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