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Friday, February 17, 2012

Hong Kong : CHP investigates acute gastroenteritis outbreak at residential child care centre

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

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (February 17) reminded members of the public and management of institutions to maintain personal and environmental hygiene to prevent gastroenteritis.

The appeal was made following the CHP's investigation into an acute gastroenteritis outbreak at a residential child care centre in Wan Chai involving 22 children.

The affected, comprising 16 males and six females aged from three to 20 months, developed symptoms of gastroenteritis, including fever and diarrhoea, since February 2.

Medical attention was sought for 17 of them. One of them, a 1-year-old boy, required hospitalisation. He was discharged yesterday. All those affected are now in stable condition.

Officers of the CHP have visited the institution and provided health advice to the staff concerning proper disinfection, disposal of vomitus, and personal and environmental hygiene."

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