Cluster of Human Metapnemovirus cases in Siu Lam Hospital

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

     The spokesperson for Siu Lam Hospital made the following announcement today (January 10):
     Six patients (aged 40 to 52) and a staff member in a male ward for severe intellectual disability have presented with respiratory symptoms since January 3. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the patients and their test results were positive to Human Metapneumovirus. The patients concerned are being treated under isolation and are in a stable condition.

The staff member has recovered and resumed duty.
     Admission to the ward has been suspended and restricted visiting has been imposed. Infection control measures have already been stepped up according to established guidelines. All other patients in the ward are under close surveillance.
     The cases have been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow up.

Published on: 2018-01-10

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