Outbreak Of Upper Respiratory Tract Infection Watched By Hong Kong Officials

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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Hong Kong Department of Health urged members of the public and management of institutions to take preventive measures against respiratory tract infection by observing strict environmental and personal hygiene.

The appeal was made during CHP's investigation of a report of upper respiratory tract infection outbreak in an elderly home in the Eastern District.

As of today, 21 people were affected. Eighteen residents and three staff members, comprising seven men and 14 women aged from 25 to 96, developed symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection, including fever, cough, runny nose and sore throat between November 15 and December 7.

Among them, 18 consulted visiting doctor or out-patient clinics and three others were admitted to the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital. One has been discharged. All of the affected are in stable condition.

CHP officials have conducted field visits to the institution and provided health advice to the staff.

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To prevent respiratory tract infection, the public are advised to adopt the following measures:

* Build up good body immunity by having a proper diet, regular exercise and adequate rest, reducing stress and avoiding smoking;

* Maintain good personal hygiene, and wash hands after sneezing or coughing, and wear a mask when having symptoms of respiratory tract infections;

* Maintain good ventilation; and

* Avoid visiting crowded places with poor ventilation.

Members of the public, particularly children, elderly people and those with chronic diseases, should wear face masks and consult their doctors for medical advice promptly if they develop symptoms of respiratory tract infection.

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