Cluster of Bordetella Pertussis cases in Prince of Wales Hospital

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

     The spokesperson for Prince of Wales Hospital made the following announcement today (March 13):

     Three babies (two male and one female, aged 28 days to 30 days)in a postnatal ward presented with respiratory symptoms since February 25. Appropriate viral tests were arranged for the babies and the test results were positive for Bordetella Pertussis. Two of them have been discharged while the remaining one is under isolation treatment with stable condition.

     In accordance with prevailing infection control guidelines, the hospital has performed contact tracing and no new cases were found.

     The hospital infection control team has discussed the matter with the Centre for Health Protection and the following enhanced infection control measures have been adopted:
  1. Thorough cleaning and disinfection of the cubicle concerned;
  2. Enhanced environmental hygiene in the ward; and
  3. Carrying out stringent infection control measures, including reminding families of babies and visitors to wear surgical masks and wash hands.
     The cases have been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up.

The hospital will continue to closely monitor the condition of patients in the ward.

Published on: 2018-03-13

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