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Cluster of Respiratory Syncytial Virus cases in Castle Peak Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Castle Peak Hospital (CPH) made the following announcement today (September 23):

     Nine patients (aged 21 to 64) and a staff member in a female ward for intellectual disability have presented with respiratory symptoms since September 19. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients and eight were confirmed positive to Respiratory Syncytial Virus. The patients concerned are being treated under isolation and are in stable condition. The staff member is currently on leave.

     Admission to the ward has been suspended and restricted visiting has been imposed. Infection control measures have already been stepped up according to established guidelines. All other patients in the ward 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/Monday, September 23, 2013
Issued at HKT 19:23


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