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Friday, January 20, 2012

Hong Kong : CHP investigates confirmed case of severe paediatric influenza B infection

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

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health seeks to draw public attention to its investigation into a confirmed case of severe paediatric influenza B infection affecting a 13-year-old boy.

The boy, enjoying good past health, presented with cough, running nose and sore throat since January 3. He sought medical consultation and received treatment from a general practitioner on multiple occasions.

He started to develop headache, vomiting, fever and photophobia since January 15. He was admitted to St Teresa's Hospital on January 17 and was later transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on the same day.

The boy was clinically suggestive of meningitis. He is now in stable condition.

His nasopharyngeal swabs, collected in St Teresa's Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, tested positive for Influenza B.

Investigation revealed that the boy's mother and elder sister had upper respiratory tract infection symptoms early this month and have both recovered."

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