Update on cluster of Influenza A 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 (May 23):

     Five patients (aged 18 to 68) and a staff member in a general adult psychiatric male ward had presented with flu symptoms since May 21. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients and the test results for four patients were positive for Influenza A. The patients concerned are being treated under isolation and four of them have been transferred to Tuen Mun Hospital. All patients are in stable condition. The staff member concerned is on sick leave.

     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/Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Issued at HKT 18:01