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Update on cluster of respiratory syncytial virus cases in Pok Oi Hospital
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     Regarding an earlier announcement on a cluster of patients infected with Respiratory Syncytial Virus in an infirmary ward, the spokesperson for Pok Oi Hospital (POH) gave the following update today (July 25):

     Two more male patients (both 69 years old) in the ward have presented with respiratory symptoms since July 21 and 24 respectively.  Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients and the test results were positive for Respiratory Syncytial Virus.  They are being treated under isolation, with one patient in serious condition while the other is stable.

     Admission to the infirmary ward has been suspended and restricted visiting has been imposed.  Infection control measures have 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, July 25, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:30
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