Via the Centre for Health Protection: CHP investigates case of severe paediatric influenza A infection. Excerpt:
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (March 4) investigating a case of severe paediatric influenza A infection.
The 4-year-old girl, with underlying illness, has presented with fever, cough, runny nose and shortness of breath since February 28. She was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital on March 2 and was subsequently transferred to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit for further management.
Her nasopharyngeal swab tested positive for influenza A(H3) virus upon laboratory testing. The clinical diagnosis is meningoencephalitis. The patient is now in a serious condition.
Initial enquiries revealed that the patient had not received the latest seasonal influenza vaccine and had no travel history during the incubation period. Her younger sister recently presented with upper respiratory tract infection symptoms has sought medical treatment, who is in a stable condition. Other home contacts remain asymptomatic so far.