A patient of Kwong Wah Hospital confirmed to be VRE carrier

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Kwong Wah Hospital made the following update today (June 29) regarding an earlier announcement on a cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) in a medical ward:

     In accordance with the prevailing infection control guidelines, contact tracing has been performed. One more 75-year-old male patient is found to be carrier of VRE today, but without clinical symptoms. The patient has been discharged.

     The following enhanced infection control measures have already been adopted:

(1) Disinfection and cleansing of the ward concerned have been enhanced;
(2) Stringent contact precautions have been applied, including dedicated use of clinical items to VRE carriers, enhanced hand hygiene;
(3) All VRE carriers are under medical surveillance in isolation room(s);
(4) Restricted visiting to the ward concerned is imposed.

     The hospital will continue to closely monitor the situation of the ward. The case has been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health for necessary follow-up.

Ends/Saturday, June 29, 2013
Issued at HKT 17:02