Update on cluster of Influenza A (H3) cases in Castle Peak Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     Regarding an earlier announcement on a cluster of patients infected with Influenza A (H3) in a male psychogeriatric ward, the spokesperson for Castle Peak Hospital made the following update today (January 27):

     One more 72-year-old patient and a staff member in the ward have presented with respiratory symptoms. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patient and the test result was positive for Influenza A. The patient is being treated under isolation and is in a stable condition. The staff member concerned 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/Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Issued at HKT 19:33