Disco Bay residents plead for information

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 June, 2009, 12:00am

Some Discovery Bay residents have complained about a lack of information after two swine flu cases were confirmed in Crestmont Villa.

The two cases were siblings and had no recent travel history, according to the Centre for Health Protection.

A resident of Crestmont Villa said neither the centre nor Hong Kong Resort Co, Discovery Bay's developer, could tell her where exactly the pair lived. 'Many questions are swirling around from many people and we feel we have the right to know all details in order to take proper measures,' Patti Maxim said.

Many residents in the community were very concerned, she said. 'A few people called to see if I was fine. Some people thought everyone in Crestmont was quarantined.'

Cleaners from the centre disinfected blocks 44, 46, 48, 57 and 59 on Wednesday night, but Ms Maxim said other blocks should also be disinfected, as they were normally cleaned by the same workers, who might spread the disease if they were virus carriers.

A spokesman for the Discovery Bay developer said the centre had not elaborated on the flu confirmation. But he said management had immediately informed all residents through individual mailboxes, notice boards and an internal TV channel, and that it had stepped up disinfection.

A government spokesman said the exact address was not disclosed for privacy reasons, and only five blocks were disinfected since 'they are the immediate concern'.

'It would be good if the management can take time to clean and disinfect all the villas,' he said.