Hong Kong – Update on cluster of Candida auris cases in Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Update on cluster of Candida auris cases in Queen Elizabeth 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 spokesman for Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) gave the following update today (September 24):



     Following contact tracing investigation, two more male patients (aged 67 and 82) in the cardiothoracic surgery ward were also identified as carriers of Candida auris while not having signs of infection. One patient has been transferred to Kowloon Hospital and the other patient is now being treated under isolation in QEH, and they are in stable condition.



     The hospital will continue the contact tracing investigation of close contacts of the patient in accordance with the prevailing guidelines. A series of enhanced infection control measures have already been adopted to prevent the spread of Candida auris:



     1. Thorough cleaning and disinfection of the wards concerned;

     2. Enhanced admission screening for patients and environmental screening procedures; and

     3. 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 case has been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up.

 

Hong Kong – Update on cluster of Candida auris cases in Yan Chai Hospital

Update on cluster of Candida auris cases in Yan Chai 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 Yan Chai Hospital gave the following update today (September 19):

 

     Following a contact tracing investigation, a 79-year-old male patient in a medical ward was also identified as a carrier of Candida auris while not having signs of infection. The patient is now being treated in isolation and is in stable condition.

 

     The hospital will continue the contact tracing investigation of close contacts of the patient in accordance with the prevailing guidelines. A series of enhanced infection control measures have already been adopted to prevent the spread of Candida auris:

 

  1. Thorough cleaning and disinfection of the wards concerned;
  2. Enhanced admission screening for patients and environmental screening procedures; and
  3. Application of stringent contact precautions and enhanced hand hygiene for 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 – Cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci cases in North District Hospital

Cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci cases in North District Hospital

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The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:



     The spokesperson for North District Hospital (NDH) made the following announcement today (July 19):

 

     An 89-year-old male patient in a surgical ward of NDH was infected with Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) on July 15.

 

     In accordance with the prevailing infection control guidelines, the hospital has conducted contact tracing investigation. Three more male patients (aged 62 to 86) were found to be VRE carriers and asymptomatic. All patients are being treated under isolation with stable condition.

 

     The ward concerned has adopted the following enhanced infection control measures:

  1. Enhanced hand hygiene and stringent contact precautions;
  2. Enhanced attention to contamination-prone procedures; and
  3. Enhanced disinfection and cleaning of the ward concerned.


 

     The hospital will closely monitor the situation of the ward concerned. 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 cluster of Multi-drug Resistant Acinetobacter cases in Pok Oi Hospital

Update on cluster of Multi-drug Resistant Acinetobacter cases in Pok Oi Hospital

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The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:



     Regarding an earlier announcement on a cluster of patients confirmed to be carriers of Multi-drug Resistant Acinetobacter (MDRA) in a medicine and geriatrics ward, the spokesperson for Pok Oi Hospital gave the following update today (July 16): 

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     In accordance with the prevailing guidelines, the hospital commenced contact tracing and confirmed two more male patients (aged 59 and 66) as carriers of MDRA. The two patients are currently hospitalised under isolation and are in stable and serious condition respectively.



     The following enhanced infection control measures have continued to be implemented according to the established guidelines: 



     1. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of the ward concerned; 

     2. Application of stringent contact precautions and enhanced hand hygiene for staff and patients; and

     3. Enhanced patient and environmental screening procedures. 



     The cases have been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up. The hospital will continue to closely monitor the situation of the ward concerned.

Hong Kong – Update on cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci cases at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Update on cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci cases at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:



     Regarding an earlier announcement on Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) carrier cases, the spokesperson for Queen Elizabeth Hospital made the following update today (June 26):



     In accordance with the prevailing infection control guidelines, the hospital commenced contact tracing. One more 90-year-old male patient in the surgical ward was confirmed as VRE carrier. The patient concerned did not have clinical symptoms and had been discharged earlier.



     The ward concerned has adopted the following enhanced infection control measures:

 

  1. Enhanced patient and environmental screening procedures;
  2. Application of stringent contact precautions and enhanced hand hygiene for staff and patients; and
  3. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of the ward concerned.




     The hospital will continue to closely monitor the situation of the ward and the patient. The case has been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up.