July 31, 2013
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health
is today (July 31) investigating an influenza-like illness outbreak at
an elderly home in Aberdeen affecting 20 residents and reminds members
of the public and staff of institutions to maintain good personal and
environmental hygiene against influenza.
The affected residents, four men and 16 women, aged between 65
and 102, had developed symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection,
including fever, coughing, runny nose and sore throat, since July 23.
Five of them required hospitalisation and all of them are currently in stable condition.
The respiratory tract specimens of three affected residents tested positive for influenza A.
Officers of the CHP have visited the elderly home and advised
the management to adopt measures against respiratory tract infection.