False Information

Following an information regarding a virus attack which can infect and cause death in Ward 18 of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital that went viral on social media application, WhatsApp saying that the virus attack has been hidden by the hospital from patients, the Ministry of Health stresses that the information that has been spread and made viral is not true.

However, the Ministry of Health would like to correct the information, stating that a situation has arisen where a type of bacteria known as Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) has been traced in Ward 18 of the hospital. VRE is not a type of virus, but a type of Enterococci bacteria which is resistant to antibiotic treatment. VRE, like many bacteria, can be spread from one person to another through contact or through contaminated objects and surfaces.

To date, the Ministry of Health has identified 5 confirmed patients infected with the V-R-E bacteria, but the patients are in stable conditions. As a pro-active measure and as per standard procedures to control VRE infection, the Ministry of Health is currently carrying out infection control intervention measures, such as isolating and treating infected patients in isolation wards; increasing the practise of washing the hands for patients, guardians, visitors, and hospital staff; increasing the control of visitors; and increasing the cleaning of the patients' surroundings and wards. For further information, visit the Ministry of Health's website at www.moh.gov.bn or call Talian Darussalam 123.

Spreading false information to the public is an offence and can be charged under the Public Order Act. Any person who, whether orally or in writing or by any other means, spreads false reports or makes false statements which can cause public alarm sentenced to a fine of 3 thousand dollars and 3 years imprisonment.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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