Update on cluster of Respiratory Syncytial Virus cases at Castle Peak Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     Regarding the recent confirmation of a cluster of patients infected with Respiratory Syncytial Virus in a male forensic psychiatric ward, the spokesperson for Castle Peak Hospital (CPH) made the following update today (September 27):

     One more 54-year-old patient in the ward has presented with respiratory symptoms. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patient and the test result was positive for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. The patient is being treated under isolation and is in a stable condition.

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

Ends/Friday, September 27, 2013
Issued at HKT 17:52