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  1. Five-year Superbug Campaign drawn up

    Posted Sep 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... The system will give advice on whether the doctor's prescription of 'big gun' antibiotics is appropriate based on the patient's condition and history. If the use is found to be inappropriate, it will suggest alternative choices, the authority's chief infection control officer, Dr Dominic Tsang Ngai-chong, said yesterday. If doctors insist on the prescription despite ...

  2. Hospital superbug spreading faster

    Posted Jun 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... according to the latest edition of Communicable Diseases Watch, a Department of Health newsletter. Separately, the Hospital Authority revealed that fewer cases of MRSA could be controlled using ... or in the public hospitals, the MRSA outbreaks are already slightly out of control,' Ho Pak-leung, a University of Hong Kong microbiologist, said. Among elderly people, the fatality rate for MRSA ...

  3. Authority says MRSA is under control in Hong Kong, but cannot be eradicated

    Posted Jan 29th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee A senior Hospital Authority official says the spread of hospital-acquired MRSA is under control but it is impossible to eradicate because it is endemic in the city. Authority chief infection control officer Seto Wing-hong said hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Hong Kong was being closely monitored. Dr Seto, former head of microbiology ...

  4. Disease control is top priority, says new health chief

    Posted Aug 19th 2003, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... As Lam Ping-yan takes over, new cases of dengue fever and cholera are recorded The new head of the Department of Health yesterday pledged that disease control will top his agenda, as Hong ... control and surely the public will agree with me that we need to substantially build up our ability in controlling both communicable and non-communicable diseases. 'The other priority ...

  5. Mosquito-control measures pay off

    Posted Jul 13th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... district councillor, said: 'The government should provide more facilities to control the hillsides, which are infested with mosquitoes.' The drop in the index comes after Hong Kong ...

  6. Bugs in the system

    Posted May 31st 2004, 12:00am by Jane Parry

    ... because of community-wide misuse of antibiotics and lax infection controls in hospitals. The most prevalent of these is methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is endemic in Hong ... is the screening of vulnerable patients and a rigorous implementation of infection control measures. Studies in the US as early as the 1980s found that, if there was one infection control nurse for every ...

  7. News - China - HEALTH

    H7N9 may mutate 8 times faster than regular flu

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... be alarmed by the results of their research and step up monitoring and control efforts to prevent a possible pandemic. With genetic code of the virus obtained from mainland authorities, the team ...

  8. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    Hong Kong has right conditions for outbreaks of drug-resistant superbugs

    Posted Nov 04th 2012, 12:00am by ERNIE YAP

    ... these bacteria are virtually indestructible. They were first identified in 2008 in a Swedish tourist who fell ill in the Indian capital. By March this year, the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) had ... awareness and systematic screening of patients admitted to hospital, especially those with a history of travelling abroad. In the event of suspected or confirmed cases, extensive infection control ...

  9. No time to waste against superbugs

    Posted Jun 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The admission by top University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung that outbreaks of a drug-resistant superbug in hospitals and the community are 'slightly out of control' is worrying. Resistance to the most powerful available drugs in a growing number of cases means that it will be difficult to bring them under control. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ...

  10. News - World

    US faces mosquito-borne West Nile virus outbreak, as cases climb 60pc

    Posted Aug 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Reuters in Dallas US stricken by outbreak of West Nile infections The number of West Nile virus infections in the United States has jumped more than 60 per cent in the past week in what officials say is one of the country's biggest-ever outbreaks of the disease. The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday that 1,118 cases and 41 deaths had been ...




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