CHP investigates influenza-like illness outbreak in primary school in Ma On Shan

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (February 14) investigating an outbreak of influenza-like illness in a primary school in Ma On Shan, and again reminded the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene against influenza.

     The outbreak involves 11 boys and 17 girls aged 9 to 11, who have developed fever, cough or sore throat since February 11. Among them, 25 have sought medical attention and none required hospitalisation. All of them are now in stable condition.
     Officers of the CHP have conducted a site visit and advised the school to adopt necessary infection control measures against respiratory infections. The school has been put under medical surveillance.
     "If students or staff members develop fever, respiratory symptoms, diarrhoea, vomiting or skin rash, schools should strongly advise them not to return to campus and to promptly seek medical advice. Management of schools should observe precautions on campus, such as avoiding sharing of clothing or slippers, to prevent possible transmission of diseases," a spokesman for the CHP said.
     Schools are reminded to follow the Guidelines on Prevention of Communicable Diseases on preventive and control measures as well as management of outbreaks, which should be reported to the CHP for prompt follow-up.
     The public should maintain good personal and environmental hygiene for protection against influenza and other respiratory illnesses:
  • Receive seasonal influenza vaccination for personal protection;
  • Wash hands with liquid soap and water properly whenever possibly contaminated;
  • When hands are not visibly soiled, clean them with 70 to 80 per cent alcohol-based handrub;
  • Cover the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, and wash hands thoroughly afterwards;
  • Dispose of soiled tissue paper properly in a lidded rubbish bin;
  • Put on a surgical mask when respiratory symptoms develop;
  • Maintain good indoor ventilation;
  • When influenza is prevalent, avoid going to crowded or poorly ventilated public places; high-risk individuals may consider putting on surgical masks in such places; and
  • Maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly, take adequate rest, do not smoke and avoid overstress.
     The public may visit the CHP's pages for more information: the influenza page, the weekly Flu Express report and the vaccination schemes page.

Ends/Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:22