Date
23 July 2018
Tuen Mun Hospital is closely monitoring the condition of 72 patients after learning that a man who had been found positive for chickenpox visited their place last week. Photo: ISD
Tuen Mun Hospital is closely monitoring the condition of 72 patients after learning that a man who had been found positive for chickenpox visited their place last week. Photo: ISD

Tuen Mun Hospital tracking 72 patients at risk for chickenpox

A total of 72 patients at Tuen Mun Hospital may be at the risk of contracting chickenpox after a visit from a man with the highly contagious infection, hk01.com reports.

On Tuesday the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) notified the hospital that a man who had been found positive for chickenpox visited the fifth floor of its Ambulatory Care Centre on the afternoon of March 13 and 14, a spokesman for the hospital said.

Following the infection control guidelines, the hospital immediately launched an investigation and found that 72 patients were on the same floor on the same dates, and therefore were at risk of getting infected, the spokesman said.

Chickenpox is an airborne viral disease that spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. It usually causes fever and itchy skin rashes, and can develop complications such as pneumonia.

The spokesman said the hospital has taken the initiative to contact the patients. monitor their health conditions and provide appropriate preventive treatment if necessary.

The cases have also been reported to the Hospital Authority head office and the CHP for follow up, the spokesman said, adding that the hospital will continue to monitor the situation.

A hotline service at 6468 0016 was set up for inquiries by concerned patients during office hours.

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