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  1. Cholera find closes Aberdeen stall

    Posted Nov 06th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tommy Lewis The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department yesterday ordered the closure of a stall selling live fish in the public car park at the Aberdeen Promenade. This followed the discovery of contagious cholera bacteria in a water sample taken from a tank. Tests results yesterday confirmed the presence of cholera of the contagious Ogawa strain in the water, which ...

  2. Despite the panic over Sars, rabies proves far deadlier

    Posted Jul 17th 2003, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... there was an increase in Aids and hepatitis C cases. Rabies was both the most lethal and the most contagious disease. The number of cases and the number of deaths were up 20 per cent from the first half ... Just over a million people on the mainland contracted 27 types of infectious disease in the first half of the year - and rabies, not Sars, was the biggest and deadliest killer, ...

  3. Cholera scare calls for heightened vigilance

    Posted Sep 04th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is extremely high. The cases of cholera found in our markets this past week demonstrate that. Even as it investigates how the deadly and contagious disease came to be found in its fish tanks, one local ...

  4. Centre's plea to help reduce 'contagious effect of suicide'

    Posted Nov 19th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Teenagers and adults alike must pay attention to the contagious effect of suicide, said the head of a suicide prevention centre. Paul Yip, director of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, said he was concerned about the number of teenage suicides and the sense of hopelessness experienced by many teachers in such cases. He was convinced that suicide is contagious, based ...

  5. WHO plans scrutiny of Sars labs

    Posted Sep 27th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... laboratories - high-level bio-containment facilities used for testing samples in the event of bio-terrorism and the outbreak of highly contagious diseases. Peter Cordingley, spokesman at the WHO's ... The World Health Organisation will compile a list of laboratories engaged in research on Sars in an attempt to ensure they do not become a link in transmission of the disease ...

  6. ParknShop faces cholera charge

    Posted Sep 04th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... 26. It was the first time that the contagious strain, which is responsible for an ongoing global epidemic of the disease, has been discovered in a Hong Kong supermarket. The retailer closed ... Hygiene officials say a Pokfulam branch of the supermarket chain will be prosecuted over the discovery of contagious bacteria in a fish tank A ParknShop store will be prosecuted ...

  7. Sars: Hong Kong taught world

    Posted Oct 13th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that this was the learning phase of a new contagious disease. Conduct a review to build for the future and not with the intent of criticising agencies and individuals who, in the face of this new and unknown global ... of the Sars epidemic. Such reviews are essential to ensure that lessons learned can be applied expediently in the event of a future outbreak. Hong Kong was dealing with a new disease, initially ...

  8. Tightening of rules in battle on cholera

    Posted Sep 17th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... said yesterday. It made the announcement as legislators renewed calls for a centralised facility to supply disease-free water to fish vendors. Deputy Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Eddy Chan Yuk-tak said the government would expand its regulation of the live fish trade, introducing a licensing scheme forcing fish wholesalers to install disease prevention systems. These include ...

  9. Virus unchecked would have infected billions: professor

    Posted Sep 27th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... But the Harvard academic says Sars is still less contagious than other illnesses Three-quarters of the world's population would have been infected with Sars if nothing had been done to contain the disease, a Harvard University academic said yesterday. But Sars spreads much more slowly than many other diseases - measles is five times as infectious - said Barry Bloom, dean ...

  10. More than 250 isolation wards finished by October

    Posted Sep 13th 2003, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... will be available. The possibility of another Sars outbreak has been discussed this week following the confirmation that a 27-year-old Chinese-Singaporean postgraduate medical student had caught the disease ... associate dean of the medical faculty at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said the university would pay for a mobile laboratory capable of conducting research on contagious viruses. 'We ...




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