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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hong Kong : Update on cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci cases at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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

" Regarding the announcement earlier on some patients of the neurosurgical department found to be the carrier of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE), the spokesperson of Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) made the following update today (September 27):

In accordance with the prevailing infection control guidelines, four more male patients (aged 46 to 84) are found to be carriers of VRE through contact tracing, but all without clinical symptoms. Among them, two are still hospitalised in QEH, they are in stable condition and under isolation. The other two patients died of their own underlying illnesses which are unrelated to VRE. The laboratory screening for other related patients continues to be in progress.

The cases have been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow up."

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