FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Hong Kong CHP investigates death of three year old boy

The Centre for Health Protection of the Hong Kong Department of Health announced on Tuesday that it is investigating the death of a three-year-old boy from invasive pneumococcal infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae.

The boy developed a fever and cough on November 12 and was taken for two medical consultations on November 12 and 14. On November 15, he was admitted to a private hospital. His condition worsened and by November 17 he was transferred to Queen Mary Hospital's Paediatric Intensive Care Unit; he died later that day.

Laboratory testing, conducted by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of QMH and the CHP, confirmed the boy positive for Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype three. An investigation is currently underway to find the cause of infection.

The CHP investigation revealed that the boy was immunized against pneumococcal with the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and the 10-valent PCV booster. He had no recent travel history and none of his family members are expressing symptoms.

No cases have been reported at the kindergarten which he attended. The case will be further investigated by the Coroner's Court.

The CHP recommends people take precautions against pneumococcal infection, including cleaning hands properly, especially after sneezing or coughing; covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing; using tissue paper to clean nasal and mouth discharge; taking precautions against sharing utensils with potentially infected persons and seeking medical attention immediately if a fever or other symptoms develop.