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Outbreak of Rare Virus Hits North District Hospital

North District Hospital

A concerning outbreak of the Human Metapneumovirus has struck a male medical ward at North District Hospital, with four patients testing positive for the rare respiratory virus.

According to a spokesperson for the Hospital Authority, the patients, ranging in age from 62 to 75 years old, began presenting with respiratory symptoms on June 20th. Sadly, one of the elderly patients has already succumbed to the virus, passing away due to their underlying medical conditions.

The three remaining patients are currently isolated and reported to be in stable condition as they receive treatment. The hospital has implemented strict infection control measures, including droplet and contact precautions, enhanced hand hygiene, and thorough cleaning and disinfection of the ward and equipment.

Health officials have been notified, and the Hospital Authority is closely monitoring the situation. The Center for Health Protection is conducting a full investigation to determine the source of the outbreak and prevent any further spread.

“The safety and wellbeing of our patients is our top priority,” the hospital spokesperson stated. “We are taking every possible step to contain this outbreak and provide the best possible care for those affected.” Metapneumovirus is an uncommon virus that typically causes mild cold-like symptoms, but can be serious, even fatal, for the elderly and those with underlying health issues. This outbreak serves as a reminder of the need for vigilance and preparedness in the face of emerging infectious diseases.