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Cluster of Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae cases in Princess Margaret Hospital
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Princess Margaret Hospital made the following announcement today (March 12):
     Five male patients (aged 67 to 93) in a medicine and geriatrics ward have been confirmed to be carriers of Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) since March 3. Four patients are now being treated under isolation and are in stable condition. The remaining patient has been discharged earlier.
     Following the activation of the Emergency Response Level in public hospitals, the visiting arrangement for the ward has been suspended. The following enhanced infection control measures have been adopted according to established guidelines:
1. Enhanced patient and environmental screening procedures;
2. 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, March 12, 2021
Issued at HKT 15:25
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