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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hong Kong : Influenza-like-illness outbreaks under close watch

Another press release from the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health in Hong Kong, excerpt :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (September 20) urged members of the public and management of institutions to maintain good environmental and personal hygiene to prevent influenza.

The appeal was made after the CHP received two reports of influenza-like-illness (ILI) outbreaks in correctional institutions, affecting 53 inmates in total.

The first case involved 33 male inmates, aged between 21 and 53 in a correctional institution in Southern District. They developed symptoms of ILI since September 15.

All of the affected sought medical treatment at the correctional institution. One of them was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital. All are now in stable condition.

Throat swabs taken from two affected inmates tested negative for influenza A and B. Further tests are being done."

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