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Cluster of infectious disease cases in Tuen Mun Hospital
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Tuen Mun Hospital (TMH) made the following announcement today (November 23):
     A male visitor who visited the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of TMH on November 21 (Monday) has alerted ward staff that he presented with chicken pox symptoms the day after his visit. According to the prevailing infection control guidelines, the TMH has started to follow up and trace 18 babies under 1 year old who stayed in the same ward. Ten of them are still under hospitalisation while the other eight have been discharged. The TMH will follow up their health conditions and provide appropriate preventive treatment where necessary.
     In addition, three male babies (aged from 19 days to 6 months) in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have been identified as carriers of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) without symptoms since November 4. All of the babies are under medical surveillance and isolation. Two of them are in serious conditions due to underlying diseases while the other is in stable condition.
     Enhanced infection control measures have been adopted in the wards concerned. These cases have been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for follow up. The TMH will continue to monitor the situation.
Ends/Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Issued at HKT 19:33
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