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Hong Kong : CHP investigates influenza-like illness outbreak in kindergarten in Tin Shui Wai.

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (November 11) investigating an outbreak of influenza-like illness in a kindergarten in Tin Shui Wai, and again reminded the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene against influenza. The outbreak involves 10 boys and 13 girls aged 3 to 5, as well as one female staff member, who have developed fever, cough and sore throat since November 4. Among them, 22 have sought medical attention, two of them required hospitalisation and one of them has been discharged upon hospitalisation. The nasopharyngeal swab of a pupil tested positive for influenza A virus. All of them are now in stable condition.

Officers of the CHP have conducted a site visit and advised the kindergarten to adopt necessary infection control measures against respiratory infections. The kindergarten has been put under medical surveillance. "If students or staff members develop fever, respiratory symptoms, diarrhoea, vomiting or skin rash, schools should strongly advise them not to return to campus and to promptly seek medical advice. Management of schools should observe precautions on campus, such as avoiding sharing of clothing or slippers, to prevent possible transmission of diseases," a spokesman for the CHP said.

Schools are reminded to follow the Guidelines on Prevention of Communicable Diseases on preventive and control measures as well as management of outbreaks, which should be reported to the CHP for prompt follow-up.

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Date:Nov 12, 2016
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