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245 new cases of human swine influenza

245 new cases of human swine influenza
A spokesman for the Department of Health (DH) said there had been 245 newly confirmed cases of human swine influenza (HSI) (Influenza A H1N1) in the 24 hours to 2.30pm today (August 24). One of the cases was from an elderly home in Kwun Tong.

The new cases involve 137 males and 108 females, aged between eight months and 85 years.

This brings to 9,350 the total number of human swine influenza cases in Hong Kong. The spokesman said that the total number of HSI cases might be revised according to further laboratory results.

The case in the elderly home involved an 85-year-old man. He was admitted to United Christian Hospital today. His current condition is stable.

DH staff had visited the institution and provided health advice, the spokesman said.

"There is no influenza-like illness outbreak in the institution and Tamiflu has been given to the staff and close contacts of the patient as chemoprophylaxis."

"The department will keep the staff and residents of the elderly home under medical surveillance," he said.

Ends/Monday, August 24, 2009