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Update on clusters of infectious disease cases in Queen Elizabeth Hospital
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Queen Elizabeth Hospital made the following announcement today (March 19):

     Three patients (aged 55 to 90) and six staff members in a male medical ward presented with fever and respiratory symptoms since March 7. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients and the test results were positive for Influenza A. The patients concerned are being treated under isolation with stable condition. Among the staff members, one is currently on sick leave and the remaining five have recovered and resumed duty.

     Furthermore, regarding an earlier announcement on a cluster of Multi-drug Resistant Acinetobacter (MDRA) carriers in a surgical ward, the hospital has continued with the screening procedures and confirmed one more 48-year-old female patient as having MDRA without infection symptoms. The patient is being treated under isolation with stable condition.

     Infection control measures for the wards concerned have already been stepped up according to prevailing guidelines. All other patients in the wards are under close medical surveillance.

     The cases have been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up.
Ends/Monday, March 19, 2018
Issued at HKT 19:08
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