Twenty-three kids from Mong Kok care home hit with upper respiratory tract infection

Twenty-three children from the scandalous Children's Residential Hone in Mong Kok have been hit by upper respiratory tract infection, with four of them admitted to hospital already.

The children are aged between five-month-old and three-year-old. They developed symptoms including fever, runny nose, and coughing starting Tuesday last week (Nov 1). All infected children have been treated and four were admitted to hospital.

All are now in stable condition, and they tested negative for Covid-19.

Laboratory testings reported that the samples from the children's respiratory tract carried enterovirus and rhinovirus.

The Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children that runs the care home said only a minority of the children there developed mild respiratory symptoms, including runny nose and coughing.

There are nurses on duty to care for the children and a doctor will visit the care home thrice a week to monitor children's health condition.

HKSPC added all staffers that will come into physical contact with the children must wear protective suits and all rooms have been equipped with an air purifier, and will be disinfected several times a day.

HKSPC continued they arranged kids there to receive the first dose of flu vaccine in late-September after obtaining parents' approval. The kids will get their second flu shot in December.

The Center for Health Protection said HKSPC is now under medical surveillance. Officials from CHP have inspected the environment of the care home yesterday and today to provide disease prevention advice as well.