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  • Hong Kong CHP investigates influenza-like illness outbreak

    The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has reminded members of the public and management of institutions to maintain good environmental and personal hygiene to prevent influenza.

    The reminder followed the CHP's investigation into an influenza-like illness outbreak at a primary school in Tseung Kwan O, affecting 23 students.

    The affected students, comprising 13 males and 10 females aged between 6 and 10, developed symptoms of respiratory tract infection, including fever, cough and sore throat, since February 15.

    None required hospitalisation. All are in stable condition.

    CHP staff have visited the school and provided health advice to the management.

    To prevent respiratory tract infection, members of 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 cleaning the nose, and wear a mask when having symptoms of respiratory tract infection;
    * Maintain good ventilation; and
    * Avoid visiting crowded places with poor ventilation.

    http://www.dh.gov.hk/english/press/2012/120227.html

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    Re: Hong Kong CHP investigates influenza-like illness outbreak

    Source: http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_d...=20120228&fc=1

    Flu alert issued after outbreak hits students

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    A primary school in Tseung Kwan O remains open despite a flu outbreak affecting 23 students, the Centre for Health Protection said.

    The students - 13 boys and 10 girls aged six to 10 - developed symptoms of respiratory tract infection, including fever, cough and sore throat, two weeks ago.

    None required hospitalization and all were now stable.

    Center staff have visited the unidentified school and provided health advice to management.

    It is the sixth such outbreak in a primary school or kindergarten this month. About 124 children have fallen sick and two who were hospitalized later recovered.

    Two of the outbreaks were due to the influenza B virus.

    The territory is in the midst of its peak flu period. There were no such outbreaks last month...

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