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Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital announcement on tuberculosis patient case
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital (PYNEH) made the following announcement today (August 18) on a pulmonary tuberculosis case:
     A 93-year-old male patient of a medical ward of PYNEH was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis on August 6. The patient was immediately transferred to isolation ward for treatment. He is now staying in PYNEH due to his underlying disease and is in critical condition.
     The hospital has investigated immediately according to the prevailing infection control guidelines. Contact tracing has been carried out for those patients and hospital staff who have had close contact with the index patient, which involves 34 patients and 13 hospital staff. The hospital has started making phone calls to the individuals involved, and reminded them to stay alert for any signs and symptoms of pulmonary tuberculosis, such as persistent cough, blood-stained sputum, loss of body weight, fever or night sweating, and advised them to seek medical consultation from a family doctor or at any nearby Chest Clinic of Department of Health as soon as possible. None of the patients or staff has reported any symptom of pulmonary tuberculosis so far.
     The hospital will continue to closely monitor the health situation of the patient and staff concerned. The case has been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection.
Ends/Friday, August 18, 2017
Issued at HKT 20:21
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