Killer flu halts pastoral visits to Hong Kong hospitals
The recent outbreak of a virulent strain of pneumonia has caused serious disruption to pastoral services in Hong Kong hospitals.
Deacon Karl Tsang Fan-hing of the Hong Kong Diocesan Commission for Hospital Pastoral Care said the commission issued a notice on Saturday advising all of its 40 volunteer workers to stop visiting patients in hospitals effective Monday.
A notice issued by the government's Department of Health on Sunday says that the World Health Organization in recent days has received reports about more than 150 new suspected cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, an atypical pneumonia whose symptoms and signs include high fever, coughing and difficulty in breathing. (
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18 Mar 2003