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  1. Start of school term brings health warning

    Posted Aug 28th 2010, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Simpson Cheung The Centre for Health Protection yesterday reminded schoolchildren and their parents to be on the lookout for cases of hand, foot and mouth disease and flu when classes resume next week. The centre had received reports of 607 outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease in schools and homes for the elderly for the year as of Thursday. The number last year was 103. ...

  2. HK has enough Tamiflu, health minister says

    Posted Aug 01st 2009, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun There were sufficient supplies of the antiviral drug Tamiflu in the city to treat flu patients, the health minister said yesterday. York Chow Yat-ngok said Hong Kong was still ... for three types of virus, which are H1, H3 and B type,' Dr Chow said. He added that the government would promote the vaccination scheme from the end of October and throughout November. Health ...

  3. Father caught bird flu from his son, says health official

    Posted Jan 11th 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing A mainland man who died of bird flu passed the disease on to his father in the latest human case, the Ministry of Health confirmed yesterday. But ministry spokesman ... of contact with dead poultry or birds- the primary source of H5N1 bird flu. The World Health Organisation said yesterday it would not rule out the possibility of animal-to-human infection in the case ...

  4. Health department warns of possible flu outbreak

    Posted Jul 27th 2003, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... The Department of Health yesterday warned of the possibility of a serious flu outbreak in Hong Kong. It revealed that this summer 64 people from four separate institutions had been ... and personal hygiene. Those with symptoms and their carers are advised to wear masks to avoid infection. Information on the health advice against influenza is available at the department's website ...

  5. Bird flu battle should focus on public health

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

    ... happened in those cases. Now there is an ongoing series of outbreaks of the same strain- H5N1- this time spanning the region. And public health experts, including our own health minister, admit ... But as the outbreaks elsewhere continue and as the virus mutates over time, continued immunity cannot be guaranteed. What then, aside from agreeing to exchange information on animal health, can be done ...

  6. HK health officials say more avian flu cases reported in mainland

    Posted Aug 17th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 1.35pm: Hong Kong health authorities say they have been informed about new cases of bird flu in China this week. The Health, Welfare and Food Bureau said late ... established between the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau and the Ministry of Agriculture. The spokesman said Hong Kong had to remain vigilant against avian influenza, although local poultry farms had ...

  7. Health secretary cuts trip short after catching flu

    Posted Sep 19th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Benjamin Wong Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok has been taken ill with influenza, prompting his return to Hong Kong yesterday instead of attending an international health conference in New Caledonia today. A government statement last night said Dr Chow had returned to the city because of influenza. Director of Health Lam Ping-yan will replace him ...

  8. A health and social plan to quickly upgrade HK

    Posted Feb 17th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... This year, the government should begin to take public health and welfare seriously in this densely populated city. It could: First, ban smoking in public places. It is such a no-brainer, why is it even being debated?; Second, equalise fares in the cross-harbour tunnels and allow the redistribution of traffic. By not doing so, the government is contributing to traffic snarls ...

  9. Take your colds to doctors, not emergency wards: health chief

    Posted Mar 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Felix Lo

    ... for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok said yesterday. The announcement came amid a 20 to 30 per cent increase in the number of patients visiting emergency wards due to a recent rise ... practitioners rose from 57.2 to 78.1 per 1,000 cases. The figures were compiled by the Department of Health's Sentinel Surveillance System, which surveyed 64 general outpatient clinics and 50 ...

  10. Health chief cautions against panic as bird-flu alarm grows

    Posted Feb 24th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez WHO official says current virus is more contagious than one in 1997 Hong Kong's health chief cautioned the public against panic last night after a senior World Health Organisation official warned of a new bird-flu pandemic. The city remained vigilant given a certain level of risk, said Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok, 'So far, ...




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