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  1. Sars and avian flu to be classified as 'occupational diseases'

    Posted Feb 07th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 5.34pm: The Labour Department said on Monday that severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and avian flu would be listed as 'occupational diseases' under the Employees Compensation Ordinance. This is an amendment under the ECO which comes into effect on Tuesday. It brings the number of occupational diseases prescribed under the ordinance to 48. ...

  2. High risk of occupational cancer: WHO

    Posted Apr 07th 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee About half the deaths from occupational cancer are caused by exposure to asbestos, the World Health Organisation says. About 125 million people worldwide are exposed to asbestos in the workplace. At least 90,000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis resulting from occupational exposure, according to the WHO. In Hong Kong, the Buildings ...

  3. Mainland faces explosive rise in asbestos-related lung disease

    Posted Nov 14th 2010, 12:00am by Paul Moon, Paul Mooney

    ... Paul Mooney The mainland faces an explosive outbreak of asbestos-related lung diseases as it enters its fourth and biggest decade in the production and use of asbestos, which some call ... for Safety and Health at Work. Takala said the annual death rate from mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases on the mainland could climb to 15,000 by 2035, but other experts ...

  4. Occupational ailments on decline

    Posted Jan 07th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Kang-chung The incidence of occupational diseases has decreased 72 per cent over the past nine years, according to Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. The number of cases of occupational diseases dropped from 948 in 1998 to 264 in 2006. The first three-quarters of last year saw 134 cases, compared with 215 for the same period in 2006. Occupational deafness ...

  5. News - World - HISTORY

    US trained covert Alaskan agents to thwart cold war Russian invasion, occupation

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 09:06pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington Alaskan agents trained against Soviet invasion Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the US government in the early cold war years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents ...

  6. News - World - DISEASE

    Sierra Leone starts three-day shutdown to contain spread of Ebola disease

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 10:22pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Freetown Residents are confined to their homes in a bid to contain the disease; UN Security Council labels the outbreak a threat to world peace Three-day Ebola ... But Sierra Leonean President Ernest Koroma said that if the population were to heed the volunteers' advice, "the campaign will greatly help to reverse the increasing trend of the disease ...

  7. Lifestyle - Health

    Taking the fight to liver disease

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 05:08pm by David Wilson

    ... of a person developing a liver disease such as cirrhosis or fatty liver, and cancer. According to the University of Hong Kong, Asia has a high incidence of liver cancer, with more than 80 per cent ... Kong, accounting for 11.3 per cent of all cancer deaths in the city. On the mainland, the disease is the second most common cancer, accounting for more than 55 per cent of the almost one million ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Reports of deadly disease caused by food bacteria more than double in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 06:48pm by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Doctors seeing more cases of bacterial infection as ready-to-eat meals grow in popularity Deadly food-borne disease on the rise Reports of a deadly food-borne disease are soaring as people switch to a lifestyle in which they eat more prepackaged food, doctors say. Cases of the bacterial infection listeriosis have risen more than twofold ...

  9. Long-term occupant seeks title to flat

    Posted Jul 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... a verbal agreement between Tsang's husband and Chan in 1968, the flat was rented to the family for HK$220 a month. The tenancy continued until June 1979, when Chan died of heart disease, after ...

  10. Sai Kung residents complain about careless removal of asbestos ledges

    Posted Jul 06th 2009, 12:00am by Anneliese O'Young

    ... code of practice states: 'Use and handling of asbestos or materials containing asbestos in the workplace require strict control to prevent serious occupational diseases asbestosis, lung ... and are dangerous. In recent years airborne asbestos fibres have been linked to a number of diseases, including asbestosis and lung cancer. Sai Kung resident Jessica Drechsler said she woke up a week ago ...




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