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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hong Kong : Cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci cases in Caritas Medical Centre

Press release from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection :

" A spokesperson for Caritas Medical Centre (CMC) made the following announcement today (January 9):

In accordance with the prevailing Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) screening guidelines, a 73-year-old male patient, admitted for Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease, was recently confirmed to be a VRE carrier. The patient is being treated under isolation and his clinical condition is critical due to his underlying medical illness. The hospital has screened the patients who stayed in the same ward and have close contact with the index patient during the same period, according to guidelines. It was further confirmed that seven male inpatients (aged 68 to 88) are VRE carriers. All the confirmed patients are under medical surveillance and isolation."

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