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Cleansing arrangements stepped up at LCSD facilities to ensure hygiene (2)

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced today (August 12) that a security guard of the Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool, who had been on sick leave, was confirmed yesterday (August 11) to have been infected with human swine influenza. The department has enhanced cleansing and disinfection measures for pool facilities and pool water while swimmers and staff of the swimming pool have also been informed.

     The security guard sought medical consultation on August 10 after having the symptoms of flu. He was granted sick leave from August 11 and was confirmed to have contracted human swine influenza on the same day. Once the department was informed of the case, it stepped up the cleansing and disinfection arrangements for swimming pool facilities and pool water in accordance with departmental guidelines and advice of the Centre for Health Protection. It has also informed staff of the swimming pool of the security guard's condition and notified swimmers by posting notices at the swimming pool complex. The concerned security guard will resume duty only after full recovery.

     Operation of the Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool remains normal. Staff are advised to seek medical consultation if they have any flu symptoms. The department has stepped up cleansing and disinfection at public areas of the swimming pool.

     The department has been closely monitoring the sterilisation system and swimming pool water and maintaining cleanliness in accordance with the advice of the Department of Health. During the opening of the swimming pool, staff will take pool water samples for tests on a regular basis to ensure that the water is up to hygiene standard.

Ends/Wednesday, August 12, 2009


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