Influenza-like illness outbreak under CHP investigation

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (March 18) investigating an influenza-like illness outbreak at a kindergarten in Kowloon City affecting 24 pupils, and hence reminded members of the public and staff of institutions to maintain good personal and environmental hygiene against influenza.

     The affected pupils, comprising 14 boys and 10 girls aged from 2 to 6, have developed symptoms of fever, cough and sore throat since February 18.

     All of them sought medical consultation and four required hospitalisation. All are in a stable condition.

     Respiratory specimens were taken from three hospitalised pupils for laboratory testing. The specimen of one pupil was positive for influenza A and that of the other two were positive for influenza B.

     Officers of the CHP have visited the school and advised the management to adopt measures against respiratory tract infection.

     To prevent respiratory tract infection, the CHP advises members of the public to 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 hygiene, wash hands before touching the eyes, nose and mouth, after using a toilet and after sneezing or coughing and cleaning the nose;
* Wear a mask when having symptoms of respiratory tract infection;
* Maintain good ventilation;
* Avoid visiting crowded places with poor ventilation; and
* Get a seasonal influenza vaccination. For details, please visit the CHP's Influenza Page (

Ends/Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Issued at HKT 18:33