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  1. Lessons from Sars show pig flu damage likely to be small

    Posted Apr 29th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of course, early days to be drawing firm conclusions about the impact of pig flu. There is simply too little information at this stage. However, the initial signs are that although the disease is clearly highly contagious, it appears to be more treatable and less deadly than Sars. That is encouraging. Sars was a tragedy for its victims and their families, but its economic consequences were ...

  2. Poor sanitation poses threat of disease

    Posted May 16th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Survivors of the earthquake may face another threat as corpses exposed to the air, a shortage of medical personnel and drugs, and poor sanitation make the disaster zone prey to diseases ... pledged yesterday to do its best to prevent any disease outbreaks. 'If we cannot effectively control the spread of infectious diseases in the disaster zone and if we cannot fulfil the goal ...

  3. Inspection reports missing on diseased tree that crushed student, inquest told

    Posted Mar 24th 2009, 12:00am by Danny Mok, Peter So

    ... Peter So and Danny Mok Some of the inspection reports on an old diseased tree that caused the death of a 19-year-old woman in Stanley last year are missing, a Coroner's Court inquest ... the inquest detailed inspections in April 2005 and February last year showed the tree involved in the fatal collapse was in an acceptable condition, despite insects and disease on the cortex ...

  4. Slow Tai O cleanup 'risks disease'

    Posted Sep 29th 2008, 12:00am by Joyce Ng, Peter So

    ... Peter So and Joyce Ng Typhoon-hit residents want grants of HK$10,000 per household Poor sanitation in Tai O after the storm surge generated by Typhoon Hagupit last week might trigger an outbreak of disease if the government does not speed up efforts to clean up the site, residents said. A meeting yesterday of nearly 100 affected residents on the remote tip of Lantau Island ...

  5. Tree that killed woman diseased, says expert

    Posted Aug 28th 2008, 12:00am by Austin Chiu, Clifford Lo, Martin Wong

    ... Cheung Chi-fai, Clifford Lo, Austin Chiu and Martin Wong Signs of decomposition found in century-old coral tree A tree that collapsed on a young woman at Stanley Market yesterday, crushing her to death, could have been diseased for some time, a tree expert said, although the government insisted a recent inspection had found it healthy. Jim Chi-yung, professor of geography ...

  6. Disease now the big fear amid squalor

    Posted May 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... makeshift tent camps and toilets, as the primary disease-prevention tool. But health threats associated with decomposing bodies kept soldiers from spraying the rubble of most large buildings until ... to prevent after-disaster diseases, but did not realise that people don't really pay attention to such instructions. It's nobody's fault, but the message falls on deaf ears.' ...

  7. Dogs in firing line amid fears of disease

    Posted May 21st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... role in spreading epidemics. 'Everyone knows dogs will eat meat and other stuff wherever they go. As dogs run around the city, they could easily spread the disease to other places, ...

  8. A disease that just won't go away

    Posted May 15th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... the crippling disease polio are armed with powerful weapons and are certain they have the right strategy. Yet they cannot seem to crush the final bastions of resistance. More than US$4 billion has been ... campaign, the world was for the first time declared free of a disease- smallpox. They have made impressive gains, but as the re-emergence of polio in Indonesia and Yemen last month proved, nothing ...

  9. Generosity meant few died of avoidable diseases

    Posted Apr 09th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... positive results which Unicef, working with other NGOs and governments, achieved with your donations: very few children have died from preventable diseases- the most important indicator ... helped prevent major outbreaks of water-borne diseases as well as major epidemics that may have otherwise threatened thousands of lives. Major food shortages were also averted. This shows ...

  10. Mainland mums having babies in HK hospitals

    Posted Oct 05th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... But we have no law to stop youth from falling prey to this contagious disease, for which no cure is in sight. Aids is being passed on, sometimes with wilful intent, through sexual contact ... of Aids, we urgently need US-like anti-terror laws. Only with such drastic steps can we win the war against this terrible disease. Since there is no immediate cure, we have to opt for prevention. ...




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