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Update on cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci cases at Tuen Mun Hospital
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     Regarding an earlier announcement on a cluster of patients confirmed to be carriers of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) in a medical ward, the spokesperson for Tuen Mun Hospital made the following update today (April 15):
     In accordance with the prevailing infection control guidelines, the hospital has conducted contact tracing. One more patient, a 74-year-old male, was found to be a VRE carrier without any symptoms of infection. The patient had been discharged earlier.
     The ward concerned has adopted the following enhanced infection control measures:
1. Enhanced hand hygiene and stringent contact precautions;
2. Enhanced attention to contamination-prone procedures; and
3. Enhanced disinfection and cleaning of the ward concerned.
     The hospital will continue the enhanced infection control measures and closely monitor the situation of the ward. The case has been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up.
Ends/Thursday, April 15, 2021
Issued at HKT 18:56
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