Cluster of Rhinovirus cases in Siu Lam Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Siu Lam Hospital made the following announcement today (February 4):

     Six patients (aged 43 to 50) and two staff members in a male ward for the severely mentally handicapped have presented with respiratory symptoms since January 28. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients and their test results were positive for Rhinovirus. The patients are being treated under isolation and are in stable condition, while the staff members have 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 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/Monday, February 4, 2013
Issued at HKT 17:58