CHP investigates influenza-like illness outbreak at kindergarten in Sha Tin


Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (February 2) investigating an outbreak of influenza-like illness at a kindergarten in Sha Tin, and again reminded the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene against influenza.
 
     The outbreak involves eight male and 13 female students aged 3 to 5 who developed fever, cough and sore throat since January 18. Sixteen of them sought medical attention, among which two required hospitalisation. All of them are now in stable condition.
 
     Officers of the CHP have conducted a site visit and advised the kindergarten to adopt necessary infection control measures against respiratory infections.

The school has been put under medical surveillance.
 
     A spokesman for the CHP said, "To prevent outbreaks of influenza and other respiratory infections, it is of prime importance that children with fever, regardless of the presence of respiratory symptoms, should not be allowed to attend school. They should seek medical advice and avoid school till 48 hours after the fever has subsided. Schools should also measure and record students' body temperature properly."

     Schools are reminded to follow the http://www.chp.gov.hk/en/view_content/16365.html" target="_blank">Guidelines on Prevention of Communicable Diseases on preventive and control measures as well as management of outbreaks, which should be reported to the CHP for prompt follow-up.

     The spokesman said, "The local seasonal influenza activity is expected to remain at an elevated level in the coming few weeks.

Children, the elderly and those with underlying illnesses are recommended to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza for better personal protection. People should promptly seek medical advice if influenza-like symptoms develop so that appropriate treatment can be initiated as early as possible to prevent potential complications. Parents and carers are reminded to render assistance in prevention, care and control for vulnerable people."

     Besides receiving seasonal influenza vaccine for personal protection, the public should maintain good personal and environmental hygiene for protection against influenza and other respiratory illnesses.

For more information, please visit the CHP's http://www.chp.gov.hk/en/view_content/14843.html" target="_blank">influenza page and weekly http://www.chp.gov.hk/en/view_content/2108.html" target="_blank">Flu Express.



Published on: 2018-02-02

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