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Upper respiratory tract infection outbreak under CHP investigation

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (February 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 residential care home for persons with disabilities in Tin Shui Wai, affecting 12 residents (three men and nine women) aged between 26 and 55, and eight female staff members.

     Investigations revealed that the affected persons developed symptoms of URI including fever, cough, runny nose and sore throat since January 14.

     Nineteen 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 institution. The institution 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/Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Issued at HKT 18:31


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