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Upper respiratory tract infection outbreak under CHP investigation

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (December 11) appealed to members of the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene to prevent upper respiratory tract infection (URI).

     The appeal followed the CHP's investigation into a URI outbreak at a primary school in Central and Western District, affecting 18 pupils (nine boys and nine girls) aged between 6 and 8, and two staff members (one man and one woman).

     Investigations revealed that the affected persons developed symptoms of URI including fever, cough, runny nose and sore throat since December 4.

     Eight of them sought medical consultation but none required hospitalisation. They are currently in stable condition.

     Officers of the CHP conducted a site visit and provided preventive advice against URI to the school. The school was placed under medical surveillance.

     To prevent URI and influenza, the public should take heed of the following advice:

* Build up good body immunity by having a proper diet, regular exercise and adequate rest, reducing stress and avoiding smoking;
* Maintain good personal and environmental hygiene and wash hands after sneezing, coughing and cleaning the nose. Wear a mask if symptoms of respiratory infections develop;
* Maintain good ventilation; and
* Avoid visiting crowded places with poor ventilation, especially during peak influenza seasons.

     Members of the public, particularly children, the elderly and those with chronic diseases, should wear a face mask and consult a doctor promptly if they develop symptoms of URI.

     The public can visit the CHP website ( for more information on URI.

Ends/Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Issued at HKT 15:06


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