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  1. Tibet plague alert for travellers

    Posted Oct 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong travellers to Tibet have been advised to take precautions against pneumonic plague, a highly contagious bacterial infection. The Centre for Health Protection issued the advisory yesterday after it learned of two fatal cases in Linzhi. A 35-year-old man and his wife, 38, who were not from Hong Kong, died last month. Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung ...

  2. Corrections & clarifications

    Posted Jun 30th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Our front page report in yesterday's Sunday Morning Post, '300 sought after death of teacher with TB', wrongly stated that Sarah Cotillon has been diagnosed with TB. Ms Cotillon was diagnosed with a latent TB infection, which is not the same as having the TB disease, and is not contagious. Someone with latent TB has no symptoms and cannot pass on the disease ...

  3. Timely disclosure vital in disease fight

    Posted May 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and containment can have any hope of stopping a contagious disease in its tracks. Allegations that city officials in Fuyang, Anhui province- where the first EV71 outbreak occurred as early as mid-March- ... When the mainland sneezes, Hong Kong catches a cold. This is why outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease reported across several provinces have caused alarm among parents and officials ...

  4. No place for cover-ups on disease outbreaks

    Posted May 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... are vital if outbreaks of serious contagious diseases are to be contained. Allegations that city officials in Fuyang, Anhui province, covered up an outbreak of a virus that has killed at least 20 ... of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has dismissed the comparison with Sars because that was a deadly new disease that could have infected anyone. If he has a point, he rather ...

  5. Staff blamed after patient with infectious skin disease left in public area of hospital

    Posted May 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and stayed there for a little bit longer than he should have,' a spokesman said. The hospital did not say how long the patient was in the waiting area. Infectious diseases expert Lo Wing-lok ... was in the waiting area, but checks of medical records and blood samples indicated none had been infected. 'The chicken pox virus is contagious, but about 90 per cent of the public has an immunity ...

  6. Medi watch

    Posted Dec 01st 2008, 12:00am by Jerome Watson

    ... The ointment costs much less than corticosteroid treatment, says team leader Lin Yin-ku, of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. Psoriasis is a non-contagious condition that causes red scaly patches, ...

  7. Warning over contagious eye infection

    Posted Aug 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Loretta Fong The public should be on the alert for a contagious eye condition, as cases of red-eye syndrome- or acute infectious conjunctivitis- at private clinics have nearly doubled, the Centre for Health Protection has said. Residents, especially swimmers, are urged to practise good personal hygiene. ...

  8. Boy trapped in a world of madness

    Posted Mar 31st 2008, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... Eddie turns 11, his parents catch a disease that turns them yellow and makes them smell of old hot water bottles. The disease is very contagious, so Eddie is put in the care of Mad Uncle Jack ...

  9. Death toll from intestinal virus killing children climbs to 22

    Posted May 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in releasing information to the public. EV71, which causes hand, foot and mouth disease, is highly contagious and is spread through direct contact with the mucus, saliva or faeces of an infected ... cover-up in Fuyang, but Beijing health officials said medical staff had needed time to determine what the disease was. Critics attacked the government for its lack of transparency, saying it had ...

  10. Beijing steps up its campaign against foreign prostitutes

    Posted Jun 17th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... services, such as smugglers, drug traffickers and people with 'mental diseases' or contagious diseases such as venereal diseases, or those thought likely to carry out activities harming ...




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