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

     Regarding an earlier announcement on Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) carrier cases, the spokesperson for Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) gave the following update today (June 24):
     In accordance with the prevailing infection control guidelines, the hospital commenced contact tracing. Three more male patients (aged 33 to 92) in the orthopaedic and traumatology ward were confirmed as VRE carriers. All patients are in stable condition and without clinical symptoms. One patient had been discharged earlier, one patient has been transferred to Kowloon Hospital and the other patient is currently hospitalised in QEH for treatment under isolation.
     The ward concerned has adopted the following enhanced infection control measures:
1. Enhanced patient and environmental screening procedures;
2. Application of stringent contact precautions and enhanced hand hygiene for staff and patients; and
3. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of the ward concerned.
     The hospital will continue to closely monitor the situation of the ward and the patients. The cases have been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up.
Ends/Friday, June 24, 2022
Issued at HKT 18:20
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