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  1. Travellers 'not at risk' from new TB case

    Posted Jul 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez A migrant with a suspected drug- resistant form of tuberculosis did not pose a risk to fellow passengers who travelled with him last week, the top disease authority said yesterday. The controller of the Centre for Health Protection, Thomas Tsang Ho-fai, also said effective disease surveillance was the most important defence in TB control, amid a second tuberculosis ...

  2. Surge in travel boosts dengue risk

    Posted Jun 24th 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Increased travel by Hongkongers to nearby countries where dengue fever is endemic is exposing the city to the risk of its own outbreak, a WHO official said yesterday. Hitoshi Oshitani, the World Health Organisation's regional communicable diseases adviser, said: 'The endemic areas of dengue are expanding. In some of the places where they never had dengue, they have now, ...

  3. Criteria for travel alerts will be reviewed

    Posted Sep 12th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... The World Health Organisation will review its criteria for imposing travel advisories against countries. The United Nations health agency would set 'more objective, transparent and consistent criteria' for future travel advisories against countries or areas as a control measure against global epidemics, a senior official said. The WHO regional director for the Western ...

  4. New health alert for travel to Philippines

    Posted Jan 07th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Hong Kong health authorities yesterday issued a second travel alert in as many months warning Philippine-bound travellers against a bacterial infection. The warning, ... the spokesman said. Travellers were told to avoid close contact with people who have fevers or severe headaches. Returning travellers should seek medical advice if they fell ill after their trips ...

  5. Travellers cautioned on meningitis risks

    Posted Feb 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Government hotline swamped with calls as fear of the contagious disease spreads Hong Kong people were warned yesterday that if they could not avoid travelling to places with a high incidence of meningitis they should wear surgical masks and use an anti-bacterial hand wash. Anxious Hong Kong residents flooded a Department of Health hotline on the disease yesterday, ...

  6. Canada learns to be prepared

    Posted Apr 20th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Canada learned the hard way during the 2003 Sars outbreak that its citizens' frequent travel to and from Hong Kong would make the country vulnerable to a disease ... in place,' said the country's health minister, Ujjal Dosanjh, during his visit to Hong Kong earlier this month. 'I think that we need to recognise that we have a population that travels ...

  7. Flight to Guilin turns into an ordeal for tourists

    Posted Jun 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... in Guilin late yesterday afternoon - more than 22 hours late. With Guilin just 500km away, the flight normally takes an hour. The 14 were part of a 19-member group tour from Sunflower Travel Service ... to die,' she said. Ms Lin, who was travelling with a friend from Britain, said most of the tour members were elderly. '[They] needed medication, and some had hypertension,' she said. ...

  8. WHO officials are mystified by the new case in Singapore

    Posted Sep 10th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... the WHO's definition of Sars because there was no pneumonia findings in the chest X-ray and there was no history [of travel to an affected area]. 'That is why I understand the government ... But that must be investigated further,' Dr Omi said. He said this was a definite possibility, as the patient had not travelled to any of the other countries affected by the earlier global Sars ...

  9. Illness in Canada puts HK on alert

    Posted Aug 21st 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Hong Kong is to strengthen surveillance against Sars, which could include more checks on travellers. The move follows reports of a mysterious outbreak of a respiratory illness at Canadian ... travellers and improved body checks at all border points, including Lowu and Chek Lap Kok airport. ...

  10. Many firms not ready for pandemic

    Posted Jun 13th 2009, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... measures businesses should be considering include stockpiling personal protective equipment and restricting employee travel. They should also be providing additional training on the symptoms ... these plans need to focus on key vulnerabilities such as traveller risk and the work environment.' International SOS has assisted more than 100 companies to develop pandemic plans. The agency, ...




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