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Friday, December 10, 2010

Hong Kong : Three cases of invasive pneumococcal infection investigated

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

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (December 9) investigating three cases of invasive pneumococcal infection reported from Queen Mary Hospital, spanning a period of one month. This infection is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae.

The patients are three children including a 33-month-old girl, 16-month-old boy and a 17-month-old boy. They developed symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty in breathing on November 4, 21 and 30 respectively and had been admitted to Queen Mary Hospital for treatment.

The 33-month-old girl has recovered and was discharged on December 3. She attends a nursery in Causeway Bay and there has been no abnormal increase in respiratory infections recently among students attending this nursery.

The other two children were not attending school before onset of symptoms. They are currently in intensive care unit for further management. The conditions of the 16-month-old and 17-month-old boys are listed as serious and critical respectively"

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