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  1. Mystery outbreak traced to common virus

    Posted Nov 19th 2004, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... and cold, were similar to other respiratory diseases. Infectious diseases specialist Lo Wing-lok said parainfluenza causes 'self-limiting illnesses and, although contagious ... Klaudia Lee and Mary Ann Benitez Bug that has infected 32 Caritas patients is the second biggest cause of respiratory disease in children The mystery illness that infected 32 children ...

  2. Scientist blames rats for Amoy Gardens Sars outbreak

    Posted Aug 16th 2003, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... the outbreak could have been started on March 14 by a rat that was infected after entering an apartment in Block E visited by the man who brought the disease to the building. That rat would have become contagious on around March 19 as the incubation period in rats infected by other forms of coronavirus lasts about two to five days. Dr Ng said it was likely that the first infected rat passed ...

  3. Seven children add to tally of virus victims

    Posted Nov 21st 2003, 12:00am by Carrie Chan

    ... outbreak after all the elderly tested negative. Health Department consultant Thomas Tsang Ho-fai warned there could be more cases in the next two months. 'The disease is highly transmittable ... assess whether preventive measures against infection were adequate, and that they step up monitoring work against infectious diseases. Meanwhile, a University of Hong Kong microbiologist warned ...

  4. 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. ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Legionella discovered in dirty shower water

    Posted May 31st 2009, 12:00am by Dan Kadison

    ... Dan Kadison A Mid-Levels resident says he is concerned about the quality of Hong Kong's water supply after he took a shower while workers were flushing out a water tank on his roof, and later found the water contained legionella bacteria and other co ...

  8. Facts about legionella

    Posted May 31st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... illness. The bacteria can cause Pontiac fever, a mild flu, or legionnaire's disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia. Most patients who come down with legionnaire's disease are men over the age of 50 who have a weakened immune system caused by smoking, alcohol abuse or disease. Antibiotic treatment can cure the disease if it is diagnosed and treated early enough. Regular ...

  9. Medi watch

    Posted Jun 15th 2009, 12:00am by Jerome Watson

    ... the way for life-saving organ transplants, as well as new ways to combat diseases. Many of the biological functions and organs of pigs are similar to those of humans, and the team from ... to Huntington's found United States researchers have identified a protein that appears to trigger the destruction of brain cells in people with Huntington's disease- a rare, incurable and fatal ...

  10. Battling blood-suckers

    Posted Jun 30th 2003, 12:00am by Agatha Ngai

    ... JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS (JE) is a mosquito-borne disease. The virus is transmitted when infected Culex mosquitoes bite us. These mosquitoes breed in places where there is abundant water, ... to 15 days. Patients usually have a headache and fever and feel nauseous. In severe cases, they may become disoriented and lapse into a coma. There is no specific treatment for this disease ...




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