12 March 2003
The Department of Health (DH) is conducting a detailed investigation into the case of Prince of Wales Hospital staff developing fever and respiratory infection symptoms. Up to date, 26 staff have developed febrile illness, hospitalized and put under observation / treatment. Amongst them, ten subsequently were noted to have early chest x-ray signs of pneumonia.
Please take the necessary infection control measures in handling patients and advise health care staff under your supervision to do likewise.
The DH stands ready to offer advice and assistance to medical professionals who detect unusual or unexplained pattern of illnesses. Please notify such incidents to the respective Regional Office of the DH. The contact numbers are as follows -
|Regional Office||Telephone number|
|Hong Kong Regional Office||2961 8791|
|Kowloon Regional Office||2199 9149|
|New Territories East Regional Office||2158 5107|
|New Territories West Regional Office||2615 8571|