Hong Kong Watches Influenza-Like-Illness Outbreak

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The Hong Kong Department of Health urged members of the public and management of institutions to take preventive measures against influenza by observing strict environmental and personal hygiene.

The appeal was made after CHP received a report of ILI outbreak in a secondary school this evening.

The school concerned is "Newman Catholic College" in Yau Ma Tei. It is noted that the school has decided to suspend classes for thorough disinfection."

CHP has commenced investigations and shall closely monitor the situation.

CHP appealed to all schools to report suspected infectious disease outbreaks to CHP as soon as possible.

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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, wash hands after sneezing or coughing, and wear a mask when having symptoms of respiratory tract infection;

* 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 doctors promptly if they develop symptoms of respiratory tract infection.

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