Update on cluster of Rhinovirus cases at Siu Lam Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     Regarding the recent confirmation of a cluster of patients with Rhinovirus in a male ward for the severely mentally handicapped, the spokesperson of Siu Lam Hospital (SLH) made the following update today (February 5):

     One more 48-year-old male patient in the ward has presented with respiratory symptoms. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patient and the test results today were positive for Rhinovirus. The patient is being treated under isolation and is in a stable condition.

     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 case has been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow up.

Ends/Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Issued at HKT 18:12