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Update on cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci cases in TWGHs Wong Tai Sin Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Wong Tai Sin Hospital (WTSH) made the following update today (July 2) regarding an earlier announcement on a cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) carriers in a convalescence ward:

     In accordance with the prevailing infection control guidelines, the hospital has screened patients who had contact with the index patient. One more 91-year-old male patient was confirmed to be VRE carrier today, but without clinical symptoms. The patient is now under medical surveillance and isolation with stable condition.

     The hospital has stepped up the infection control measures according to established guidelines and is closely monitoring the health condition of other patients in the ward.

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

Ends/Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Issued at HKT 19:26


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