Friday, January 17, 2014

HK CHP: Case of severe paediatric influenza A infection under CHP investigation

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (January 17) investigating a case of severe paediatric influenza A infection affecting a 17-year-old boy.

     The patient, with underlying medical condition, presented with fever, shortness of breath, cough and sore throat since January 16. He was admitted to Yan Chai Hospital on the same day. He was transferred to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit of Princess Margaret Hospital for further management today. His clinical diagnosis was pneumonia and asthmatic attack.
     His nasopharyngeal aspirate tested positive for influenza A(H3). He is currently in a serious condition.

     The patient has no recent travel history. His home contact is asymptomatic.

     To prevent respiratory tract infections, a spokesman for the CHP urged members of the public to take heed of the following advice:

* Build up good body immunity by having a proper diet, regular exercise and adequate rest, reducing stress and avoiding smoking;
* Maintain good personal hygiene, wash hands after sneezing or coughing and cleaning the nose, and wear a mask when symptoms of respiratory tract infection develop;
* Maintain good ventilation;
* Avoid visiting crowded places with poor ventilation; and
* Receive seasonal influenza vaccination. For details, please visit the Influenza Page of the CHP's website (
Ends/Friday, January 17, 2014
Issued at HKT 19:23

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