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Cluster of Human Metapneumovirus cases in Kowloon Hospital
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Kowloon Hospital (KH) made the following announcement today (February 14):
     Five patients (aged 35 to 57) and two staff members in a male rehabilitation ward have presented with fever and respiratory symptoms since February 8. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients and their test results were positive for Human Metapneumovirus. The patients concerned are being treated under isolation and are in a stable condition. Regarding the two staff members, one has fully recovered while the other is on sick leave.
     Limited admission and visiting to the ward have 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, February 14, 2018
Issued at HKT 18:17
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