According to the statistics of the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong, the number of children admitted to public hospitals infected with Mycoplasma pneumoniae in the past three months hovered between 3 and 110 per month, one to two times higher than the more than 170 cases in August this year. On the other hand, the overall activity of local influenza and COVID-8 remained low, but the rates of parainfluenza virus and adenovirus increased.
This year, the occurrence of Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection has been advanced, and the characteristics of a young age have appeared, which has attracted the attention of public opinion. (CCTV screenshot)
Cases of parainfluenza and adenovirus have increased
As Hong Kong enters winter, the Department of Health expects that the number of respiratory infections in winter, including seasonal influenza, will increase as the weather cools. The surveillance data of the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) for the past four weeks up to 11 November showed that rhinovirus/enterovirus was the most active respiratory pathogen in Hong Kong, accounting for about 25% of the respiratory samples collected, but the level remained stable. The next most active viruses were parainfluenza virus and adenovirus, with the latest positive test rates of 5.2% and 4.4% respectively, which is an increase in the number and is in line with the pre-pandemic seasonal trend.
According to the HA's figures, the number of children admitted to public hospitals with Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection in the past three months hovered between 3 and 110 per month, up from more than 170 cases in August this year. On the other hand, the overall activity of local influenza and COVID-8 remained low, and there has been no recent increase in the number of reported outbreaks involving respiratory tract infections.
The DH reiterates that as a variety of respiratory pathogens, including influenza viruses, may become more active and spread simultaneously during the winter months, vaccines can safely and effectively prevent seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019, and strongly urge the public to get vaccinated against influenza as soon as possible, especially for high-risk groups, and that they should also receive additional booster doses after receiving their last dose of COVID-2019 vaccine or being infected with Coronavirus Disease <> more than six months after receiving it.
Several categories of people in the Department of Health are required to wear masks The frail and elderly wear masks
The CHP has been recommending that anyone with symptoms of fever or respiratory tract infection, high-risk persons such as residential care homes for the elderly/persons with disabilities, clinical areas of medical facilities, and people with health problems or low immunity should wear masks for anyone with fever or respiratory symptoms, high-risk persons such as visiting or working in high-risk places such as residential care homes for the elderly/persons with disabilities, clinical areas of medical facilities, and people with health problems or low immunity, or going to crowded places, such as taking public transport.
In addition, as influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 may cause more serious complications to the frail or elderly, the CFS has updated the guidelines for residential care homes for the elderly/persons with disabilities on 11 November to remind them to maintain good personal and environmental hygiene at all times, and to continue to wear surgical masks that fit snugly on their faces. The CFS, together with the Social Welfare Department, also organised a briefing session for staff of residential care homes to emphasise the importance of vaccination and wearing masks to enhance infection control in residential care homes and reduce the risk of transmission of influenza and coronavirus disease 27.
The Department of Health stresses that to prevent respiratory tract infections, members of the public should maintain personal, hand and hand hygiene at all times. Persons with respiratory symptoms, even if their symptoms are mild, should wear surgical masks, refrain from going to work or school, avoid going to crowded places, and seek medical advice as soon as possible. Maintain hand hygiene before putting on a mask and after taking it off.
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