Bacterial Diseases

Fact file: Necrotising fasciitis

Necrotising fasciitis is a bacterial infection that attacks the soft tissue and fascia that bind together muscles and organs.

Sunday, 19 August, 2012, 10:05am

Couple's happy reunion cut short by killer disease

Ronald Ancheta, who died of flesh-eating disease.Photo: SCMP Pictures

Ronald Ancheta counted the days until he would join his wife in Hong Kong so they could live together for the first time in their nine-year marriage. Their dream lasted just one week, cut short by something they could never have imagined.

19 Aug 2012 - 10:01am

TB checks for all new students included in draft amendment to health regulation

All newly enrolled students and people working in the food, drugs and cosmetics industries should be screened for tuberculosis to prevent the spread of the highly contagious disease, according to a draft amendment to a health rule.

The amendment to the TB Prevention and Control Regulation was put up for a month's public consultation on Wednesday.

17 Aug 2012 - 4:17am

City Digest

Inflation continues falling trend with 3.7pc in June

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Joint effort boosts global battle against TB

A recent breakthrough in the global war against tuberculosis has not only raised hopes for the millions of people living with the disease, it has also highlighted what can be achieved through joint international medical research.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Planning well in advance is key to relocation

If you're leaving town with pets in tow, the top tip is to start planning as far in advance as possible.

'The main consideration is the import requirements for the country the animal will travel to,' says Stacy Tucker of Ferndale Kennels.

'Some countries are easy but others, like Australia, can take five or six months to prepare an animal for entry.'

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Girl, 5, in intensive care as scarlet fever cases triple

A five-year-old girl was said last night to be in a critical condition with scarlet fever, as figures showed the number of cases in the city has tripled since last year.

The girl is being cared for in the paediatric intensive care unit at the United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong, the Department of Health said.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Fractured arm puts Suen in hospital

Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung was admitted to hospital yesterday with a broken arm following a fall at his home.

A spokesman for the Education Bureau said Suen, 68, was in a stable condition and would stay in hospital for the next two days.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing faces funding crisis for TB treatment

With a global health fund withdrawing, the mainland is scrambling to find the means to support its fight against tuberculosis, which the WHO estimates infects 1.3 million mainlanders every year.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Drug cocktail raises hope for sufferers

In an ambitious effort to stem the deadly tide of TB and deadly multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) around the world, international non-profit organisation TB Alliance yesterday launched a clinical trial to test a novel drug combination in both patients with TB and MDR-TB.

The announcement comes ahead of World TB Day on Saturday.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Worker wins HK$0.5m for exposure to chemical

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Suen fully recovered from legionnaires' bug

Education minister Michael Suen Ming-yeung returned to his office at government headquarters in Admiralty yesterday, saying he had fully recovered from legionnaires' disease. This was despite the minister needing an extra day of sick leave after initially resuming work on Monday.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Ministers may lose their private toilets to beat bug

Unused water pipes and taps may be disconnected from the water supply at the new government headquarters in Admiralty to prevent the growth of legionella or other bacteria, lawmakers were told yesterday.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Water is declared safe after bug alert

The water at the new government headquarters in Admiralty is safe to use, a microbiology specialist says, after tests conducted following disinfection found all but one of more than 200 samples free of a potentially fatal bacteria.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Breathe easy - chances are you'll never catch it

Education secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung was among 17 reported cases of legionnaires' disease last year, the seventh straight year in which case figures have hit double digits.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am