November 3, 2022
20 cases of melioidosis among residents were identified in Sham Shui Po. The Centre for Health Protection announced today that 38 of the 471 environmental samples collected gave positive results, 32 out of these 38 results were found in the soil of a service reservoir supplying drinking water in Sham Shui Po. DAB LegCo member (Kowloon West) Vincent Cheng said that citizens frequently visited service reservoirs in Sham Shui Po and were worried about the situation. He suggested that blood tests should be carried out for the chronically ill patients or residents with symptoms in the district, and the authorities could spray hydrated lime at suitable areas of the service reservoir to eliminate melioidosis.
DAB Community Officer (Pak Tin Estate) Raymond Lam stated that the service reservoir where the melioidosis was found was near Pak Tin Estate. He agreed that blood tests should be carried out among chronically ill patients so as to identify infected patients as soon as possible.
LegCo member (Kowloon West) Vincent Cheng (6373 1979)
DAB Community Officer (Pak Tin Estate) Raymond Lam (9248 2868)