Cluster of Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae cases in Prince of Wales Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Prince Wales Hospital made the following announcement today (August 25):
     Four male patients (aged 52 to 92) of a Medical Ward have been confirmed to be carriers of Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae since August 15. Among the four patients, two of them have been discharged, while the other two have passed away due to their underlying diseases.
     The Hospital Infection Control Team has followed up with the departments concerned and experts of the Centre for Health Protection. The following enhanced infection control measures have already been adopted in the ward:
  1. Enhanced patient and environmental screening procedures;
  2. Applying stringent contact precautions and enhanced hand hygiene of staff and patients; and
  3. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of the ward.

     The hospital will continue to closely monitor the situation of the ward. The cases have been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up.

Ends/Friday, August 25, 2017
Issued at HKT 19:02