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Case History: Tick induces malaria-like symptoms

Roland Lee was an energetic man who travelled between Hong Kong, Shenzhen and New York running his business.

Tuesday, 23 October, 2012, 10:01am

Cheap malaria drug hope for millions

A team of Shanghai-based scientists say they have discovered a novel method of developing anti-malaria drugs far more cheaply and on a much larger scale, with the potential to benefit hundreds of millions of patients, especially those in Africa.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


A cat can be comforting to own, but the purring pet could also be harming your health.

A study published last week has found that women are at increased risk of attempting suicide if they're infected with a particular parasite spread through contact with cat faeces or from eating undercooked meat or unwashed vegetables.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Hong Kong is not at risk from malaria, according to the latest World Malaria Risk Chart from the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers.

In fact the disease, which is caused by the parasite Plasmodium transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes, has been under control in the city for more than 40 years.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Lifeblood by Alex Perry Audible (audiobook)

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

Progress against malaria

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

This week: tick fever

The worst cases we see as veterinarians are those that are totally preventable or caused by unfortunate accidents. Some have happy endings but many do not, with the animal succumbing to the Grim Reaper.

25 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Don't let the cat out

Will my cat give me bird flu? That's a question being asked across Europe as cats in Germany and Austria test positive for H5N1 bird flu.

It was also asked in Asia in 2004 when tigers and leopards in the Bangkok Zoo died from H5N1, giving the first inkling that the virus could infect other mammals.

13 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Cats, sex and germs: the shocking truth

When it comes to loony stories, this one from The Sun on Monday really takes the cake: 'Cat parasite drives women wild and men insane.'

According to the newspaper, a new study has found that a bug called Toxoplasma gondii can cause abnormal behavioural changes in humans if passed from pets to their owners.

27 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Deadly parasites in water source

High concentrations of potentially deadly parasites and a small amount of cancer-causing dioxin have been found in water and sediment from the Dongjiang river - the source of most of Hong Kong's drinking water.

18 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Seriously misplaced maternal instinct

I refer to the letter from Caroline Nelson headlined, 'Poisoner performing public service' (South China Morning Post, January 9), regarding the dog poisoner in Mid-Levels.

13 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Poisoner performs public service

I refer to the article by Kenneth Howe headlined, 'To catch a killer' (South China Morning Post, January 5).

There is no doubt that this article concerning the Mid-Levels dog poisonings will have increased public awareness of the problem. This may well lead to the capture of the culprit if the public are vigilant and report any suspicious activities.

9 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Feeling blue over Web sales agent

Is your Web site running in the red? Then maybe you should turn it blue.

At Bluesites.com, your loss is their gain.

Reader Mimi Poon sent us their e-mail ad. If nothing else, it's sure to boost Prozac sales.

Potential clients are greeted with this:

28 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Spin doctors need ticking off

The blood-borne parasitic disease piroplasmosis occupied many column inches last week when clearly it should never have entered the general racing lexicon.

That it did so was due to human error, pure and simple.

20 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Vets blunder over disease

Unbelievable veterinary blunders have threatened the health of the racing industries in Hong Kong and Australia, seriously embarrassed the Government and the Hong Kong Jockey Club and left quarantine protocols with Australia hanging in the balance.

16 Mar 2000 - 12:00am