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Update on cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci cases at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     Regarding the earlier announcement on confirmation that some in-patients were carriers of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE), the spokesperson for Queen Elizabeth Hospital made the following update today (December 14):

     In accordance with prevailing infection control guidelines, screening of contacts has been performed. Three patients (two male and one female, aged 34 to 91) have been confirmed as VRE carriers during contact tracing, without clinical symptoms. All are in a stable condition and two male patients have been transferred to Kowloon Hospital for further treatment.  

     The hospital will continue the enhanced infection control measures and closely monitor the situation.

     The cases have been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up.

Ends/Friday, December 14, 2012
Issued at HKT 18:36


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