Update on cluster of Influenza A (H3) 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 Influenza A (H3) in a female ward for severe intellectual disability, the spokesperson for Siu Lam Hospital gave the following update today (July 19):

     Six more patients (aged 37 to 54) and a staff member in the ward had presented with respiratory symptoms. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients and their test results were positive for Influenza A (H3). The patients concerned are being treated under isolation with stable condition. The staff member 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/Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:40