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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hong Kong : Increase in Respiratory Syncytial Virus activity

Another press release from Hong Kong's CHP :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (March 7) called on the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene to prevent Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) infection. The appeal followed the CHP's latest surveillance data showing an increase in the activity of RSV in recent weeks.

Since mid-February, RSV detections by the CHP's Public Health Laboratory Centre have been on a seasonal rise. The number of RSV detections increased from 31 in the week ending February 18 to 60 in the week ending February 25. The latest RSV detection figure was 74 in the week ending March 3.

Three RSV institutional outbreaks have been reported to the CHP so far this year, affecting a total of 33 persons. There were 26 and 30 RSV outbreaks recorded in 2010 and 2011 affecting 380 and 284 persons respectively."

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