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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hong Kong : Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci case in medical ward in Caritas Medical Centre

Via Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection :

" An 81-year-old male patient with history of multiple medical diseases was admitted to a medical ward on October 7 for multiple leg ulcers. His urine sample was confirmed to have Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) colonisation on October 26. The clinical condition of the patient remained serious during his stay in CMC. He passed away today due to underlying illness.

In accordance with the prevailing infection control guidelines, the hospital has screened other inpatients who were in close contact with the index patient in the same period. Three male inpatients (aged 70 to 86) have been confirmed to be VRE carriers. They are now under medical surveillance and isolation. The hospital will continue the screening process.

The hospital has stepped up infection control measures according to established guidelines."

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