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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hong Kong : Update on Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci cases in Caritas Medical Centre

Via Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection :

" Regarding the earlier announcement on the confirmation of some inpatients as Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) carriers, the spokesperson of Caritas Medical Centre made the following update today (November 3):

In accordance with the prevailing infection control guidelines, screening of contacts has been performed. Another two male patients (aged 92 and 73) who were discharged and returned to old age homes on October 26 and 31 respectively were confirmed as carriers of VRE today. The hospital has informed the relevant old age homes and arranged to re-admit the patients for medical surveillance and isolation care.

The hospital will continue screening patients who were in close contact with those confirmed cases in the same period and continue the enhanced infection control measures. The situation will be closely observed.

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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