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Update on cluster of Multi-drug Resistant Acinetobacter cases in North District 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 an orthopaedic and traumatology ward, the spokesperson for North District Hospital gave the following update today (May 6):
     The Hospital conducted contact tracing in accordance with the prevailing guidelines. One more male patient (aged 66) was found to be a carrier of MDRA. He has no symptoms of infection and is currently hospitalised under isolation with stable condition.
     Following the activation of the Emergency Response Level in public hospitals, the visiting arrangement for the ward concerned has been suspended. The following enhanced infection control measures have been implemented according to the established guidelines:

1. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of the ward concerned;
2. Application of stringent contact precautions and enhanced hand hygiene for staff and patients; and
3. Enhanced patient and environmental screening procedures.

     The case has been reported to the Centre for Health Protection and the Hospital Authority Head Office for necessary follow-up. The Hospital will continue to closely monitor the conditions of other patients in the ward.
Ends/Thursday, May 6, 2021
Issued at HKT 19:11
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