CHP investigates outbreak of upper respiratory tract infection at kindergarten/nursery in Lai Chi Kok


3rd December 2021 – (Hong Kong)  The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today investigating an outbreak of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) at a kindergarten/nursery in Lai Chi Kok, and appeals to members of the public and staff of institutions to stay alert and maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene.

 The outbreak involves 21 pupils, comprising 15 boys and six girls between 2 and 5 years old. They developed cough, runny nose and sore throat since 2nd November. Eleven of them sought medical attention and none required hospitalisation. All of them are in stable condition. 

Officers of the CHP have advised the kindergarten/nursery to adopt necessary infection control measures against respiratory infections. The kindergarten/nursery has been put under medical surveillance. In addition, since the symptoms of URTI are similar to those of COVID-19, for prudence’s sake, the kindergarten/nursery was covered in the compulsory testing notice (CTN) on 6th November to exclude the possibility of COVID-19 infection. The kindergarten/nursery has already suspended teaching activities for at least five days for cleaning and executing the CTN.