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Update on cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci cases in Princess Margaret Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Princess Margaret Hospital made the following update today (September 15) regarding an earlier announcement on a cluster of patients who tested positive for Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) in a medical ward:

     In accordance with the prevailing infection control guidelines, the hospital has performed contact tracing and confirmed that one more male patient (aged 87) is carrier of VRE but without clinical symptoms. The patient has been transferred to the isolation ward for further monitoring and treatment and is now under 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.

Ends/Sunday, September 15, 2013
Issued at HKT 18:45


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