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CHP investigates outbreak of upper respiratory tract infection at kindergarten-cum-child care centre

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (March 20) investigating an outbreak of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) at a kindergarten-cum-child care centre in Wong Tai Sin, and appeals to members of the public and staff of institutions to stay alert and maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene.

     The outbreak involves 21 students, comprising nine males and 12 females aged 2 to 5. They developed symptoms since March 5. Eleven of them sought medical attention. One of which required hospitalisation, having tested positive for respiratory syncytial virus, and was discharged following treatment. All are in stable condition with negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test results.

     The CHP has provided preventive advice against URTI to the kindergarten-cum-child care centre, such as advising the school to arrange cleaning and disinfection, to open windows where appropriate for better ventilation and to separate affected students from other students, etc. The school has been placed under medical surveillance.

     The public should maintain good personal and environmental hygiene against influenza and other respiratory illnesses, and note the following:

  • Receive seasonal influenza vaccination for personal protection;
  • Surgical masks can prevent transmission of respiratory viruses from ill persons. It is essential for persons who are symptomatic (even if having mild symptoms) to wear a surgical mask;
  • For high risk persons (e.g. persons with underlying medical conditions or persons who are immunocompromised), wear a surgical mask when taking public transport or staying in crowded places. It is important to wear a mask properly, including performing hand hygiene before wearing and after removing a mask;
  • Avoid touching one’s eyes, mouth and nose;
  • Wash hands with liquid soap and water properly whenever possibly contaminated;
  • When hands are not visibly soiled, clean them with 70 to 80 per cent alcohol-based handrub;
  • Cover the nose and mouth with tissue paper when sneezing or coughing. Dispose of soiled tissue paper properly into a lidded rubbish bin, and wash hands thoroughly afterwards;
  • Maintain good indoor ventilation;
  • When having respiratory symptoms, wear a surgical mask, refrain from work or attending classes at school, avoid going to crowded places and seek medical advice promptly; and
  • Maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly, take adequate rest, do not smoke and avoid overstress.

     â€‹Members of the public, particularly children, the elderly and those with chronic diseases, should consult a doctor promptly if they develop symptoms of respiratory tract infection. read more

Transport Department alerts public to fraudulent SMS message

     The Transport Department (TD) today (March 20) alerted members of the public to fraudulent SMS message purportedly issued by HKeToll. The SMS message provides a hyperlink to a fake HKeToll website, which seeks to obtain the recipient’s credit card information.
     The TD solemnly clarifies that the SMS message was not issued by HKeToll. The department has referred the case to the Hong Kong Police Force for further investigation.
     Anyone who has provided his or her personal information to the website concerned should contact the Police. For enquiries, please call the HKeToll hotline at 3853 7333.
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