22nd September 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) is currently conducting an investigation into an outbreak of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) at De La Salle Secondary School in Sheung Shui, New Territories. The CHP urges the public and institution staff to remain vigilant and uphold strict personal and environmental hygiene practices.
A total of 14 male and nine female students, aged between 12 and 18, have been affected by the outbreak. Symptoms began to manifest on 15th September, and seven of the affected students sought medical attention. Fortunately, none of them required hospitalization, and all are currently in stable condition.
In response to the situation, the CHP has provided the secondary school with preventive advice to combat URTI. Recommendations include implementing thorough cleaning and disinfection measures, ensuring appropriate ventilation by opening windows, and segregating affected students from the rest of the student body. The school has been placed under medical surveillance to closely monitor the situation.
The CHP emphasizes the importance of personal hygiene practices, such as regular handwashing with soap and water, covering the mouth and nose with tissues or masks when coughing or sneezing, and proper disposal of used tissues. Additionally, individuals are encouraged to maintain a clean and well-ventilated environment to minimize the risk of spreading respiratory infections.