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Monday, October 17, 2011

Hong Kong : Suspected rubella outbreak involving three Indonesians investigated

Via Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is investigating a suspected outbreak of rubella involving three Indonesian domestic helpers who attended a church in Causeway Bay.

The CHP received notification from Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital and private doctors about three rubella cases involving Indonesian domestic helpers, aged 27, 32 and 34 respectively. Laboratory tests on the 34-year-old patient's blood samples yielded positive result for rubella virus.

All of them are in stable condition. No hospitalisation is needed. Their home contacts are all asymptomatic.

Upon epidemiological investigation, CHP found that the trio attended the same church before and during the onset of symptoms. An operation was mounted today (October 16), in which a health talk was delivered. Questionnaires were distributed to attendees to assess whether there were other persons with infection.

A spokesman for the CHP said, "Immunisation was offered to those in need. Blood test was offered to those who had symptoms.

"The CHP has identified 11 people with symptoms and conducted blood tests on them."

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