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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 (April 5):

     Eight patients (aged 22 to 50) in a general adult psychiatric female ward had presented with respiratory symptoms since March 20. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients and seven patients tested positive for Influenza B. The patients concerned are being treated under isolation and are in stable condition.

     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/Thursday, April 5, 2012
Issued at HKT 17:47


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