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Cluster of scabies cases in Castle Peak Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson of Castle Peak Hospital (CPH) made the following announcement today (May 30):

     Five patients (aged 31 to 71) in a female forensic ward had presented with symptoms of skin infection since May 6. All patients were clinically diagnosed as having scabies infection. The patients concerned are being treated under isolation and are in stable condition.
     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/Thursday, May 30, 2013
Issued at HKT 17:55


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