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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. Travellers warned over altitude risk

    Posted Jul 05th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Youth and good health do not automatically protect you from altitude sickness, travel health experts warned yesterday. 'Because people feel they are fit and healthy, ... hotline have risen six-fold to 2,199 in the past five years, he said. Dr Fan advised travellers to check their insurance, because most companies did not cover altitude sickness. ...

  5. Action on helpers' travel fails to please

    Posted Oct 14th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez A representative of local domestic helpers has called for a further relaxation of an allowance scheme that enables the helpers to claim $50 a day for travelling long distances or working overnight. Changes announced by the chief executive on Wednesday permit the allowance to be claimed over two years rather than one but the total amount to be claimed is still ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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, ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. HK Filipinos to rally against 'martial law in disguise'

    Posted Feb 25th 2006, 12:00am by Felix Chan, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Tourism Secretary Joseph Durano saying travel to Manila and other tourist destinations 'continues to be safe'. Sunflower Travel assistant general manager Henley Tse said it had tour ... them a chance to change tours or put back their trips.' Morning Star said it would have a tour party leaving for Manila today and that no one had withdrawn yet. Travel Industry Council ...

  10. Temperature scans return at border

    Posted Nov 18th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... control powers if travellers failing temperature checks at the border did not seek immediate treatment. The comment came ahead of medical staff today resuming temperature screening at the Lowu ... have the full authority of health officers representing the director of health and would enforce quarantine laws, assistant director of health Cindy Lai Kit-lim said. 'For travellers ...




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