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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. 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. ...

  3. ParknShop made to wait for cholera all-clear

    Posted Sep 06th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Gregory Leung Wing-lap also said yesterday that his new powers to temporarily shut down businesses over suspected health risks had proven an efficient weapon in controlling infectious diseases. Mr Leung said he was concerned about this week's discovery of contagious cholera bacteria in a Pokfulam ParknShop's fish tanks, which led to the closure of the store's fish stall. ...

  4. A common disease that proves hard to stomach

    Posted Nov 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jeanette Wang jeanette.wang@scmp.com 'Tis the season to be jolly, but also for gastroenteritis, a common disease that's also known as stomach, or gastric, flu. It's not positive news for the festive period, though it can be prevented easily by taking simple precautions. Gastroenteritis is usually a mild disease and can be caused by a variety of pathogens ...

  5. Low infection risk from airport death

    Posted Feb 05th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong Heatlth authorities have decided not to contact passengers who were on a Hong Kong-bound flight on Saturday on which a six-year-old boy became ill and later died. A Centre for Health Protection spokesman said the infection that killed the boy was not very contagious. 'We do not think there is a need to trace' other passengers or inform them over case, he ...

  6. Elderly man in ICU with flesh-eating disease

    Posted Nov 07th 2008, 12:00am by Danny Mok

    ... Danny Mok A 77-year-old man from Wong Tai Sin was in intensive care with the potentially fatal infection necrotising fasciitis, or flesh-eating disease, the Centre for Health Protection said. He had developed swelling of the left hand, which he injured while preparing a fish meal at home, and a fever on Sunday, and was admitted to United Christian Hospital. ...

  7. Hospitals criticised for slow reporting on infectious diseases

    Posted Jul 27th 2005, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... slow to report outbreaks of infectious disease. The action followed a random inspection of 184 medical organisations in 15 prefecture cities during the first half of the year. Apart from ... conduct further inspections to ensure improvements were implemented across the vast province. Under the Law on Infectious Diseases Prevention passed last August, hospitals and medical ...

  8. How an unwelcome export sparked crisis from Singapore to Saskatchewan

    Posted Feb 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... the problem of so-called super-spreaders- highly contagious carriers. Around the world, 29 regions across five continents reported cases during the November 2002 to July 2003 outbreak, according ... and April 2003 after the disease was introduced by a businessman returning from a trip to Guangdong. An account at the time came from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, which said ...

  9. Sporadic outbreaks of pig-borne disease will continue, says Beijing

    Posted Aug 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter China will continue to see sporadic outbreaks of the pig-borne disease that killed 38 of the 204 infected in Sichuan province since June, although a massive infection is unlikely, according to a report released by Beijing yesterday. Compiled by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture, the report said the Sichuan outbreak had started hitting pigs from June ...

  10. Network to monitor food diseases, quality

    Posted Aug 11th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok The central government has set up a nationwide network to monitor food contamination and food-borne diseases to help improve food quality, which the Ministry of Health yesterday admitted lagged behind consumer expectations. The network, covering 15 provinces and 54 types of food products, was part of an effort to make food safer, ministry spokesman Mao Qunan said. ...




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