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Thursday, July 14, 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 (July 14) 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 at a residential child care centre in Causeway Bay involving 20 children aged 2 or below.

Investigation revealed that the affected children, comprising 11 males and nine females, have developed URI symptoms including fever, runny nose, cough and sore throat since June 22. Six of them were hospitalised but have already been discharged. All of the affected children are in stable condition.

Nasopharyngeal aspirate specimens from five of the affected children tested positive for adenovirus.

Staff of the CHP have conducted a site visit and provided health advice to the institution."

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