Hong Kong -Hong Kong reports high Norovirus activity

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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today drew the public’s attention to increased activity of norovirus in Hong Kong and overseas and neighboring areas in recent months, and hence reminded travellers during the Lunar New Year to maintain strict personal, hand, food and environmental hygiene.

“Locally, the CHP’s laboratory surveillance has revealed high norovirus activity since the autumn months,” a spokesman for the CHP said.

The norovirus-positive percentage among fecal specimens was 16.57 per cent and 13.70 per cent in November and December 2016 respectively. Among 14 institutional acute gastroenteritis outbreaks affecting 123 persons in the past four weeks as of January 24, 2017, two outbreaks involving 25 persons were norovirus-related.

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