Cluster of Human Metapneumovirus cases of Castle Peak Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson of Castle Peak Hospital (CPH) made the following announcement today (December 18):

     Five patients (aged 32 to 60) and two staff members in a male ward for intellectual disability have presented with respiratory symptoms since December 13. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients, the results of which tested positive for Human Metapneumovirus. The patients concerned are being treated under isolation and are in a stable condition. The staff members have recovered and resumed duty.

     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/Thursday, December 18, 2014
Issued at HKT 18:49