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No patient affected by infection among hospital staff

2012/07/27 17:51:56

Taipei, July 27 (CNA) A recent infection among staff members on a ward at Taipei Veterans General Hospital did not affect any patient undergoing treatment, but the source of the infection remained unclear, hospital officials said Friday.

According to Taipei City's Department of Health, which investigated the incident on July 24, 15 medical personnel showed symptoms of coughing and pneumonia caused by the Mycoplasmataceae bacteria.

Chen Tain-hsiung, a vice superintendent at the hospital, said that staff members on one of its wards began showing symptoms of respiratory diseases at the end of June, with one of them experiencing pulmonary infiltrates.

All 15 people infected tested negative for influenza and have since been recovering, Chen said.

Meanwhile, the 12 patients in the ward were not infected and were moved to other wards on July 12 when disinfection work began on the ward, Chen said, adding the ward is scheduled to reopen on Monday.

The health department said it has requested the hospital to file a report about the incident and a plan concerning its response to the infection by Friday.

(By Johnson Sun, Lung Jui-yun and Kay Liu)