Hong Kong – Cluster of Candida auris cases in Caritas Medical Centre

Cluster of Candida auris cases in Caritas Medical Centre

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The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Caritas Medical Centre (CMC) made the following announcement today (September 8):
  
     An 89-year-old female patient in a medical rehabilitation ward of CMC was confirmed of Candida auris infection on September 6. She was transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital for isolation treatment with stable condition.
      
     In accordance with the prevailing guidelines, the hospital is conducting the contact tracing. Four female patients (aged 75 to 86) were identified as Candida auris carriers while not having signs of infection. They are now being treated under isolation and in stable condition.
      
     A series of enhanced infection control measures have already been adopted to prevent the spreading of Candida auris:

1. Special visiting has been suspended;
2. Thorough cleaning and disinfection of the wards concerned;
3. Enhanced admission screening for patients and environmental screening; and
4. Application of stringent contact precautions and enhanced hand hygiene for 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.

Hong Kong – Update on Candida auris cases in Princess Margaret Hospital

Update on Candida auris cases in Princess Margaret Hospital

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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 gave the following update today (July 9):
 
     Having conducted contact tracing, one more 74-year-old male patient was confirmed as a Candida auris carrier without symptoms of infection. The patient is now being treated under isolation with stable condition.
 
     In accordance with the prevailing guidelines, the hospital has adopted the following enhanced infection control measures:
 
1. Thorough cleaning and disinfection of the wards concerned;
2. Enhanced patient and environmental screening procedures; and
3. Applied stringent contact precautions and enhanced hand hygiene of staff and patients.
 
     The hospital will continue to closely monitor the situation of the patient. The case has been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up.

Hong Kong – Update on Candida auris and Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae cases in Kowloon West Cluster

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesman for Kowloon West Cluster made the following update today (March 26) regarding patients confirmed to be Candida auris and Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) carriers:  
      
     According to the admission screening results of Caritas Medical Centre (CMC) and Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), two female patients, aged 95 and 71 respectively, who were earlier admitted to North Lantau Hospital (NLTH), were confirmed as Candida auris carriers while not having signs of infection. The 95-year-old patient has earlier been transferred to PMH from CMC. She is now under isolation with stable condition. The 71-year-old patient has been discharged earlier.
      
     In addition, PMH has commenced contact tracing and identified one more 58-year-old male patient as a CPE carrier without clinical symptoms. The patient has been discharged earlier.
      
     In accordance with the prevailing guidelines, the cluster has conducted the following enhanced infection control measures:
      
     1.Thorough cleaning and disinfection of the wards concerned;
     2.Enhanced patient and environmental screening procedures; and
     3.Applied stringent contact precautions and enhanced hand hygiene of staff and patients.
      
     The cluster 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.