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Cluster of cases with Human Coronavirus in Castle Peak Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson of Castle Peak Hospital made the following announcement today (September 19):

     Thirteen patients (aged 28 to 68) in a female long-stay ward and a staff member had presented with upper respiratory symptoms since September 16. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients. Seven of them were confirmed as having Human Coronavirus, while two tested negative for Human Coronavirus. The test results of the remaining patients are pending. The patients are being treated under isolation and are in stable condition. The staff member concerned has recovered and resumed duty.

     Admission to the ward has been suspended and restricted visiting 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, September 19, 2012
Issued at HKT 17:57


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