Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hong Kong: Pok Oi Hospital Clustering of Human Metapneumovirus

February 23, 2013
Hong Kong (HKSAR) - The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

The spokesperson for Pok Oi Hospital (POH) made the following announcement today
(February 23):

Seven patients (aged 32 to 78) and a staff member in a male infirmary ward had presented with fever and respiratory symptoms since February 19. Appropriate viral tests had been arranged for the patients and test results of three patients were positive to Human Metapneumovirus. The concerned patients are being treated under isolation and are in stable condition.

The concerned staff member is on sick leave.

Admission to the ward has been suspended and restricted visiting is being imposed. Infection control measures have already been stepped up according to established guideline. All other patients in the ward are under close surveillance.

The cases have been reported to Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow up.

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