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Cluster of Human Metapneumovirus cases in Siu Lam Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Siu Lam Hospital made the following announcement today (April 28):

     Four patients (aged 31 to 61) and a staff member in a female ward for severe intellectual disability have presented with respiratory symptoms since April 23. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients and the test results of three patients were positive for Human Metapneumovirus. The patients concerned are being treated under isolation and are in a stable condition. The staff member is currently on sick 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, April 28, 2014
Issued at HKT 19:08


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