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CHP investigates influenza A outbreak at kindergarten in Yuen Long
     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (February 25) investigating an influenza A outbreak at a kindergarten in Yuen Long, and again reminded the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene against influenza.

     The outbreak at the AM and PM classes of the kindergarten involved 24 and 30 school children respectively, 24 boys and 30 girls aged 3 to 6, who have developed fever, cough and sore throat since February 22. All of them sought medical attention. Among them, five required hospitalisation and one of them was discharged following treatment. All patients have been in a stable condition. The respiratory specimens of twelve children tested positive for influenza A upon laboratory testing.

     Officers of the CHP have conducted a site visit and advised the kindergarten to adopt necessary infection control measures against respiratory tract infections. The school has been placed under medical surveillance.

     "The latest surveillance data showed that the local influenza activity has continued to decrease from the peak level in January but remained above the baseline threshold. We urge the community to continue heightening its vigilance against seasonal influenza. As young children are particularly affected in this influenza season, we appeal to parents who have not yet arranged vaccination for their children in this season to do so as soon as possible to strengthen their personal protection," a spokesman for the CHP said.

     Apart from children, people aged 50 to 64 years, the elderly and those with underlying illnesses who have not yet received influenza vaccination this season are also urged to get vaccinated as early as possible to prevent seasonal influenza as it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body after vaccination. Medical advice should be sought promptly if influenza-like symptoms develop so that appropriate treatment can be initiated as early as possible to prevent potential complications. Parents and carers are reminded to render assistance in prevention, care and control for vulnerable people.

     Besides receiving seasonal influenza vaccination as early as possible for personal protection, the public should maintain good personal and environmental hygiene for protection against influenza and other respiratory illnesses. For more information, please visit the CHP's influenza page and weekly Flu Express.
Ends/Monday, February 25, 2019
Issued at HKT 20:51
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