CHP investigates influenza B outbreak at kindergarten in Happy Valley

Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (February 6) investigating an influenza B outbreak at a kindergarten in Happy Valley.

     The outbreak involves 19 students, comprising 11 boys and eight girls aged 3 to 6, as well as one female staff member, who have developed cough, sore throat and fever since January 20. All sought medical attention and two of them were discharged upon hospitalisation. All patients are in stable condition.

     The nasopharyngeal swab of 14 students tested positive for influenza B virus upon laboratory testing.
     Officers of the CHP have conducted a site visit to the school and advised the school to adopt 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" 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 vaccination 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" target="_blank">influenza page and weekly" target="_blank">Flu Express.

Published on: 2018-02-06

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