Six more swine flu patients raise intensive care tally to 17
A patient at Tseung Kwan O Hospital has become the latest critical swine flu case.
The 42-year-old man was one of six flu patients admitted to intensive care units at public hospitals yesterday.
The patient came down with fever on January 17 and went to the hospital on Sunday complaining of shortness of breath, a Hospital Authority spokesman said.
He was being treated with Tamiflu and antibiotics.
In another case, a 14-year-old girl was confirmed to have swine flu and was in serious condition in Kwong Wah Hospital's paediatric intensive care unit.
She also has been prescribed Tamiflu and antibiotics and is on a ventilator. The hospital said it would continue to monitor her condition.
The girl was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with shortness of breath on January 8 and transferred to Kwong Wah Hospital on January 17, the spokesman said. She developed a fever the following day.
Other new admissions to intensive care units included a 36-year-old man at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, a 59-year-old man at Caritas Medical Centre, a 59-year-old woman at Kwong Wah Hospital and a 34-year-old man at Prince of Wales Hospital.
As at 2pm yesterday, a total of 17 flu patients were being treated in intensive care units at public hospitals, the spokesman said.
There were no reports from private hospitals of flu patients being admitted to intensive care.