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  1. Rubella outbreak halts church services

    Posted Oct 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... were suspected to have contracted the highly contagious disease after attending a weekend service at the hotel, which has since been disinfected according to health guidelines. As of October ... Her organisation has informed its members as well as other migrant worker groups about the highly contagious disease. The Department of Health visited the church on Sunday and advised those ...

  2. Scarlet fever feared to have killed second child

    Posted Jun 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... together. The number of cases of the highly contagious disease, caused by what researchers say is a mutated bacterium, has reached 466 this year, nearly double the previous annual record of 235 ... be the first time two deaths from scarlet fever have occurred in a year in Hong Kong since the present disease notification system began in 1997. A five-year-old boy who died in Princess Margaret ...

  3. 'Negative Aids' leaves mainland sufferers, officials in the dark

    Posted Apr 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the disease they claim to be suffering from is contagious. There is no clinical or laboratory evidence to support that the group is suffering a contagious disease,' the ministry's spokesman, ... disease and the immune systems were normal. The authorities did not find pathological changes relevant to contagious disease and the symptoms did not correspond to the doctors' examinations. ...

  4. Fever blamed on antibiotics abuse

    Posted Jun 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... head of microbiology at the University of Hong Kong, said the abuse of antibiotics might have led to the emergency of a highly contagious, deadly mutant strain of the disease. Yuen said ... Ella Lee ella.lee@scmp.com The microbiologist whose crucial work helped Hong Kong deflect a series of infectious disease threats says the city's over-reliance on antibiotics is behind ...

  5. Three more children hit by scarlet fever

    Posted Jun 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the highly contagious and potentially fatal childhood disease were revealed yesterday, taking the number of cases city-wide this year to the highest level since records began in 1997. They are two ... a victim of the disease. Since scarlet fever was made a notifiable disease in 1997, the highest number of cases reported in a year was 235 in 2008. There were 187 cases in 2009 and 128 last year. ...

  6. No clues to record rise in cases of scarlet fever

    Posted Jun 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Yuk-hang yukhang.ng@scmp.com The number of cases of a highly contagious and potentially fatal childhood disease has hit the highest level since records began and experts have no idea ... There was speculation that a 15 year-old boy who died in Princess Margaret Hospital on Tuesday was a victim of the disease, but initial tests appear to rule this out. Since scarlet fever was made a notifiable ...

  7. Volunteers vow to rid mainland of trachoma

    Posted Oct 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lana Lam lana.lam@scmp.com Lions Clubs International yesterday announced an ambitious plan to eliminate trachoma from the mainland by 2016. The international volunteer organisation pledged US$2.7 million for its SightFirst China Action project, which will fund the third stage of its campaign to combat the highly contagious but preventable disease which can cause blindness. ...

  8. HK rubella outbreak traced to church service

    Posted Oct 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the ages of one and 12. 'But for new immigrants and maids from the Philippines and Indonesia, they may get infected easily as the disease is highly contagious,' Choi said. 'It's ... Church before the symptoms appeared. The Regal Hongkong Hotel yesterday confirmed that it leased space for the service every Sunday. Rubella is a highly infectious disease that can cause ...

  9. The dog days of summer

    Posted May 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... 'Know your body,' says Lo. 'Never overdo exercise and stop if you feel uncomfortable. If you intend to exercise outdoors, train indoors first.' Hand, foot and mouth disease A usually mild viral infection, hand, foot and mouth disease commonly affects children and, occasionally, adults. Outbreaks of the disease- which bears symptoms such as fever; a rash on the palms ...

  10. WHO advisers ought to be on same page

    Posted Mar 14th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... warnings of a deadly, highly contagious virus, or to take effective steps to stop it spreading from hospitals to the community, or promptly quarantine infected buildings. Paradoxically, the World Health Organisation faced criticism for imposing commercially damaging travel advisories without much information about the disease, even though there is no question public health comes before ...




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