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Cluster of Influenza A cases in Tai Po Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson of Tai Po Hospital made the following announcement today (August 8):

     A total of five patients (aged 56 to 88) and two staff members of a female psychiatric ward have presented with respiratory symptoms since August 1. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients and the test results were positive for Influenza A. The patients are being treated under isolation and are in stable condition. The staff members concerned have recovered and returned to work.

     Admission and visiting to the ward concerned has been suspended. Infection control measures have been stepped up according to the 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, August 8, 2013
Issued at HKT 18:25


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