Update on cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci cases in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital made the following update today (July 16) regarding an earlier announcement on a cluster of inpatients confirmed as carriers of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE):

     In accordance with the prevailing infection control guidelines, screening of contacts has been performed. Three more male patients (aged 78 to 97) were confirmed as VRE carriers but without clinical symptoms. Two of them have passed away due to their underlying illness. The remaining patient is now under medical surveillance and isolation with stable condition.

     The hospital will continue the enhanced infection control measures and closely monitor the situation. The cases have been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up.

Ends/Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Issued at HKT 19:14