CHP investigating acute gastroenteritis outbreak in primary school
28 Oct 2010
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (October 28) reminded members of the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene to prevent gastroenteritis.
The appeal was made following the CHP's investigation into an acute gastroenteritis outbreak in a primary school in Kwun Tong involving 25 students aged six to 11 and one staff member. The affected, 25 males and one female, had developed symptoms of gastroenteritis, including vomiting and diarrhea, since October 23.
Nineteen of the affected have sought medical consultation. None required hospitalisation. All the affected are in stable condition.
Officers of the CHP have visited the school and provided health advice to the staff concerning proper disinfection, disposal of vomitus and faecal matter, as well as personal and environmental hygiene.
The CHP will closely monitor the school for further cases and provide health advice when necessary.
To prevent gastroenteritis, members of the public are advised to:
* Ensure proper personal hygiene;
* Wash hands thoroughly before handling food and eating, and after using the toilet;
* Wear gloves when disposing of vomitus or faeces, and wash hands afterwards;
* Clean and disinfect contaminated areas or items promptly and thoroughly with household bleach diluted at a ratio of 1:50 (by adding one part household bleach to 49 parts water);
* Maintain good indoor ventilation; and
* Avoid food that is not thoroughly cooked.
Members of the public can obtain more information on the prevention of gastroenteritis from the CHP's website (This link will open in a new windowwww.chp.gov.hk) or call the Central Health Education Unit hotline, 2833 0111.