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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hong Kong : Public urged to be vigilant against upper respiratory tract infection

Via Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (April 6) called on the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene to prevent upper respiratory tract infection (URI).

The appeal followed the CHP's investigation into a URI outbreak in a kindergarten cum child care centre in Fanling involving 20 children aged between two and five.

Investigation revealed that the affected children, comprising 11 boys and nine girls, had developed URI symptoms including fever, runny nose, cough and sore throat since March 12. Two of them were hospitalised and have already been discharged. All the affected students are in stable condition.

Nasopharyngeal aspirate specimens from two of the affected students tested positive for adenovirus.

Staff of the CHP conducted a site visit and provided health advice to the school.

A CHP spokesman said adenovirus is a group of viruses that commonly cause viral infection in children. The symptoms may vary from respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough and sore throat, to gastroenteritis illnesses such as vomiting and diarrhoea. It may also cause conjunctivitis."

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