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Update on cluster of Respiratory Syncytial Virus infection cases in Tuen Mun Hospital
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     ​The spokesman for Tuen Mun Hospital made the following updates today (March 18) regarding a clustering of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) infection in a Special Care Baby Unit:

     The hospital is very concerned about the clustering of infection cases. As a precautionary measure, viral tests were arranged for the remaining 14 babies in the ward, and all the test results were negative.

     Concerning the 11-day old baby who was infected with RSV earlier, his condition remains critical, while the condition for the 5-month old baby is still serious. The remaining four babies are in stable condition. The hospital will closely monitor the conditions of the patients in the ward and provide appropriate treatment.

     The hospital will continue to investigate the mode of the infection, and will continue to strengthen the infection control measures implemented and closely monitor the health of all patients in the ward. The hospital will maintain close communication with the patients' family and provide necessary assistance.

     The relevant ward will continue to implement the following enhanced infection control measures:
  1. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of the ward concerned;
  2. Enhanced hand hygiene for staff and visitors;
  3. Application of stringent contact and droplet precautions; and
  4. Ensure dedicate patient-care equipment was provided to individual patients to prevent cross infection.

     RSV infection is more active in spring and summer months in Hong Kong. It is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia for those under one year of age. The hospital appeals to the public to pay special attention to personal hygiene and hand hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus.
Ends/Saturday, March 18, 2023
Issued at HKT 17:00
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