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Sars-like virus in Middle East 'closely related to Hong Kong bat strains'

Yuen Kwok-yung (left)

A Sars-like respiratory virus that has emerged in the Middle East is closely related to two bat viruses found a few years ago in Hong Kong, a university don says.

Saturday, 29 September, 2012, 3:11am

Hong Kong labs will be able to diagnose Sars-like virus in two days

The city's laboratories will be able to diagnose cases of a new virus within 48 hours after details of its DNA sequence were released, health officials said yesterday, adding that they hoped to develop a quicker test.

28 Sep 2012 - 3:15am

Deadly virus won't spark Hong Kong Sars epidemic, scientists say

Health official Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai. Photo: Robert Ng

The coronavirus that has recently emerged in the Middle East and killed one person has been confirmed as a different bug from the one that caused the deadly Sars epidemic in 2003.

"It is a new coronavirus, but it is not the Sars virus," World Health Organisation director general Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun said yesterday.

8 Oct 2012 - 1:19pm

Shutting schools conquered swine flu

More than half of the victims of a swine flu pandemic three years ago were school children and school closures proved to be a practical way to slow the spread of the disease, a study has found.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Guangdong official back-pedals on bird-flu death

Guangdong authorities said yesterday they were unsure whether the death of a bird flu victim in Shenzhen was related to migratory birds, changing their tone a day after they described a wetland park visited by the victim as 'highly suspicious'.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Lab tests can miss bird flu, expert warns

Lingering bird flu infections in recovering patients could be missed by laboratory tests, leaving the patients vulnerable and a potential source of infection in the community, a microbiologist warned yesterday.

17 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Dogs are long-sighted, but birds can spot the details

If you have had your pet for a while, you probably know its personality and how it's feeling. But do you know how well your companion sees its environment?

Veterinarian Hans Westermeyer, from the Peace Avenue Veterinary Clinic in Mong Kok, offers insights into your pet's eyesight and its perception of the world.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Margaret Chan - Director-general, World Health Organisation

Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun is all too aware that the world can't be changed overnight. 'Working in public health means constantly working for co-ordination and collaboration across all sectors of society with a broad range of stakeholders,' says Chan, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the first Chinese to run a United Nations agency.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Another week's wait for Nipah virus test results

Connections of top-flight gallopers Sacred Kingdom and California Memory may have to wait another week for definitive Nipah virus test results before they know when their horses will be able to leave Singapore.

29 May 2011 - 12:00am

Three more elderly patients die of swine flu

Three more elderly people died of swine flu yesterday, the highest daily toll of the outbreak, bringing the number of fatalities since late December to 17. The elderly patients succumbing due to continued deterioration of clinical condition included a 71-year-old man at Prince of Wales Hospital, an 83-year-old man at Queen Mary Hospital and a 64-year-woman at Tuen Mun Hospital.

19 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Swine flu patient, 61, dies

A 61-year-old swine flu patient died in Princess Margaret Hospital on Saturday. The man, with a history of chronic disease, was admitted with flu symptoms on Friday, the Centre for Health Protection said. The news came as 12 more patients were admitted to intensive care units in public hospitals with swine flu from Saturday to yesterday.

15 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Swine flu no longer notifiable disease

Human swine flu was removed from the government's list of statutorily notifiable infectious diseases yesterday, it was announced. Recent data shows the activity of the virus has decreased and that the human swine flu virus is no longer the dominant flu strain, a Department of Health spokesman said.

9 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

9 women confirmed with swine flu

Nine women have been diagnosed with swine flu, a spokesman for Kwai Chung Hospital said. They were among 13 flu patients, aged 15 to 79, who had been in a ward at the hospital since Wednesday. Eleven of the patients were being treated at Princess Margaret Hospital and all were stable. Admission and visits to the ward had been suspended and infection control measures stepped up.

11 May 2010 - 12:00am

Seasonal peak flu alert issued

The Centre for Health Protection urged the public to take precautionary measures against seasonal flu, which consists mainly of swine flu and influenza B. It said the latest data showed an increasing number of flu samples, which signals that the city has entered the traditional seasonal flu peak.

19 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Infection claims life of 53rd victim

A 49-year-old man with diabetes and obstructive sleep apnoea became the city's 53rd casualty of swine flu. He was admitted to United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong on December 22 with fever and flu symptoms. He was transferred to intensive care on December 23 and was confirmed to have swine flu the following day. He died at 6pm on Saturday.

4 Jan 2010 - 12:00am