Update on Candida auris cases at Princess Margaret Hospital


The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     Regarding an earlier announcement on Candida auris carrier cases, the spokesperson for Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) gave the following update today (August 7):
     According to the contact tracing result, three more female patients (aged 46 to 98) are confirmed as Candida auris carriers while not having signs of infection. Three patients are treated under isolation with stable condition. In accordance with the prevailing guidelines, PMH has continued contact tracing for the patients. The following enhanced infection control measures have already been adopted:
     1. Thorough cleansing and disinfection of the wards concerned
     2. Enhance patient and environmental screening procedures
     3. Apply stringent contact precautions and enhance hand hygiene of staff and patients
     The hospital will continue to closely monitor the situation of the patients. The cases have been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up.

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