27th September 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health in Hong Kong has initiated an investigation into an outbreak of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) at The Hong Kong Taoist Association Ching Chung Secondary School in Kwun Tong. The CHP is urging the public and staff of institutions to remain vigilant and uphold strict personal and environmental hygiene practices.
The outbreak has affected a total of 20 students, comprising six males and 14 females, with ages ranging from 12 to 14. Symptoms started appearing on 21st September, and 11 students have sought medical attention. Fortunately, none of the affected individuals have required hospitalisation, and all are currently in stable condition.
To address the outbreak, the CHP has provided The Hong Kong Taoist Association Ching Chung Secondary School with preventive advice regarding URTI. This includes recommendations for the school to implement cleaning and disinfection measures, improve ventilation by opening windows when appropriate, and isolate affected students from others. The secondary school is now under medical surveillance to closely monitor the situation.
Upper respiratory tract infections are common and can be caused by various viruses or bacteria. Symptoms typically include coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and nasal congestion. The CHP’s emphasis on personal and environmental hygiene is crucial in preventing the further spread of infections. It is important for individuals to maintain good hand hygiene by washing hands frequently with soap and water or using hand sanitizers. Additionally, practising proper respiratory etiquette, such as covering the mouth and nose with a tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing, can help reduce the transmission of respiratory infections.