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Update on cluster of Multi-drug Resistant Acinetobacter cases in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern 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 Multi-drug Resistant Acinetobacter (MDRA) in medical wards, the spokesperson for Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital (PYNEH) gave the following update today (April 20):

     In accordance with the prevailing guidelines, the hospital commenced contact tracing and confirmed one more 102-year-old female patient in the medical ward to be the carrier of MDRA. The patient has been transferred to Tung Wah Eastern Hospital for medical surveillance and isolation treatment with stable condition.

     Following the activation of the Emergency Response Level in public hospitals, the visiting arrangement has been suspended. The following infection control measures have been stepped up according to the established guidelines:
1. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of the wards concerned;
2. Application of stringent contact precautions and enhanced hand hygiene for staff and patients; and
3. Enhanced patient and environmental screening procedures.

     The hospital will continue to closely monitor the situation in the wards concerned. The case has been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up.
Ends/Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Issued at HKT 20:38
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