Date
24 November 2017
Health workers must always wear proper protection gear when treating bird flu patients. Photo: Xinhua
Health workers must always wear proper protection gear when treating bird flu patients. Photo: Xinhua

Five health workers put in quarantine over H7N9 case

Five Hong Kong healthcare professionals have been placed in quarantine after they treated a 61-year-old local resident who has contracted the H7N9 bird flu virus in the southern mainland city of Dongguan.

The male patient has been in critical condition with multiple organ failures and relying on life support.

It was learned that the five medical officers administered the resuscitation process on the patient without proper protection gear as they were unaware of the bird flu risks, am730 reported.

The officers have shown no signs of infection at the moment but were put in quarantine as a precautionary measure at the Lady MacLehose Holiday Village, the newspaper said.

Vincent Cheng, an infection control officer at the Hong Kong West Cluster of the Hospital Authority, said healthcare officers should wear N95 masks, goggles or protective face masks and protective suits when treating patients suspected of bird flu infection.

Meanwhile, an additional 18 new cases of severe seasonal influenza were reported on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 386. The patients include a nine-month-old baby boy.

The infant, currently in critical condition, has been suffering from fever, cough, runny nose and shortness of breath since Feb. 21. He was admitted to the Prince of Wales Hospital on Feb. 23 and transferred to the intensive care unit on the same day.

At least 273 Hong Kong people have died from influenza in the current season, the report said.

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