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Update on clusters of parainfluenza virus type 3 cases in Siu Lam Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     Regarding an earlier announcement on a cluster of patients infected with parainfluenza virus type 3 in a female ward for severe intellectual disability, the spokesperson for Siu Lam Hospital (SLH) made the following update today (June 29):

     Two more patients (aged 60 and 66 respectively) in the ward had presented with respiratory symptoms. Appropriate viral tests had been arranged for the patients and the test result for one of the patients was positive to parainfluenza virus type 3. The concerned patients are being treated under isolation and are in 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 concerned 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/Sunday, June 29, 2014
Issued at HKT 13:50


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