In Brief

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 August, 2008, 12:00am

S African arrested after HK$2.13m cannabis find

Customs officers have arrested a South African man on suspicion of drug trafficking after 22kg of cannabis worth HK$2.13 million was found in his luggage at Chek Lap Kok airport. The arrest was made at 3.30pm on Tuesday when the man, 24, arrived from Johannesburg. Frankie Cheung Yun-ping, head of the Customs and Excise Department's drug investigation group, said the drugs were destined for local consumption. He said the man was likely to be charged with drug trafficking and appear in Tsuen Wan Court today. It was the third similar case this year. Customs officers arrested another two South African travellers and seized 38kg of cannabis in their luggage in separate cases in April.

Health probe into tour group illness

Health authorities are investigating how a tour group was struck by gastroenteritis during a trip to Thailand. Nine males and 12 females, aged four to 73, were in Bangkok from August 13 to 17, travelling with HYFCO Travel Agency. They developed symptoms, including diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting on the first day of the trip, the Centre for Health Protection said. Twelve sought treatment at a hospital in Thailand, while 10 consulted private doctors or attended hospital emergency departments in Hong Kong after they returned.

Macau man, 52, contracts Q fever

The Centre for Health Protection has confirmed that a 52-year-old man living in Macau has contracted Q fever, a zoonotic infection - one transmitted from animals to humans or vice-versa - the first reported case this year. He developed a fever on June 11 and received treatment in Macau. He came to Hong Kong and was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital on July 28. His condition was given as stable. Q fever is caused by the bacteria that usually affects meat workers and farmers. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache and feeling weak. Pneumonia may occur in serious cases.

Elderly woman hit by truck

A 79-year-old woman was rushed to hospital after she was struck by a truck in Belcher's Street, Sai Wan, at about 9.30am. She was reported as being in a stable condition after admission to Queen Mary Hospital. The truck driver, 38, passed a breathalyser test.