SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

Hong Kong investigates severe pediatric influenza A infection

Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection said on Tuesday it was looking into a case of severe pediatric influenza A infection affecting a seven-week-old baby boy.

The boy, who has an underlying medical condition, presented with cough and fever on January 1 and gained admittance to Caritas Medical Centre in Cheung Sha Wan, New Kowloon on January 2. The patient was transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit of Kwong Wah Hospital in Yau Ma Tei for further management on Friday.

The clinical diagnosis for the patients was shock. His nasopharyngeal aspirate later tested positive for influenza A H1. The patient, who has no recent travel history, was in critical condition as of Tuesday.

The patient's home contacts were asymptomatic as of Tuesday.

The CHP urged members of the public to take certain precautions to avoid respiratory tract infections. The advice included building up strong body immunity with a proper diet, regular exercise and adequate rest, avoiding smoking and reducing stress. The CHP also urged the maintenance of good personal hygiene, including washing hands after coughing, sneezing or cleaning the nose and wearing a mask if respiratory tract infection symptoms develop.

Lastly, the CHP recommended that individuals receive the seasonal influenza vaccine.