Biological Weapons

Karate teacher and fake Elvis' enmity is at heart of ricin letters case

Everett Dutschke works on his mini-van in his driveway in Tupelo, Mississippi. Photo: Reuters

United States Federal agents invaded northeast Mississippi several days ago, on a mission: Find the man who sent a poison-laced letter to President Barack Obama.

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 3:26am

Putting Asia on alert as bioterrorism risk grows

 The biotech industry, regarded as an engine for growth and job production, has been expanding rapidly in Asia. Photo: AFP

A global infectious disease outbreak involving a lethal pathogen - whether spread through a deliberate attack or originating from natural sources - could claim millions of lives and cause severe economic damage. It is essential not only to mitigate the consequences of a pandemic, but also - with respect to deliberate biological attacks - to minimise the likelihood that it will happen.

20 Nov 2012 - 3:09am 2 comments

Mystery bug proves tough to defeat

Electrical technician Chan Man-ching had a history of good health, until a persistent two-week fever forced the Macau resident to check himself into a hospital in the former Portuguese enclave.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

3 more suspected dengue fever cases reported

Hong Kong has three more suspected cases of dengue fever after the family members of a 46-year-old Caucasian man confirmed with the disease tested positive for it.

25 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Investigation into dengue fever

24 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Anti-terrorism teams created for Olympics

Forty special anti-terrorism teams have recently been formed in Beijing to ensure security at the Olympic Games, according to officials at the Beijing Municipal Public Health Bureau.

The teams comprise a total of 188 experts and medics who will be on duty around the clock from July 1, said officials attending a meeting on disease prevention and control on Friday.

8 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Second plague case this year in Gansu

Gansu has reported the country and the province's second case of bubonic plague this year, according to the Ministry of Health.

In a monthly report on infectious diseases posted on its website yesterday, the ministry said the patient had died, without giving further details.

11 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

City briefs

Latest dengue fever victim back from bangladesh

15 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Dengue fever risk greater this year

Hong Kong faces an increased risk of dengue fever outbreaks this year with at least five districts recording high mosquito numbers ahead of the rainy season.

22 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

HK reports 5th dengue fever case

Updated at 5.25pm: A 36-year-old Hong Kong man has contracted dengue fever following a visit to Indonesia in February, the Health Department confirmed on Friday.

A spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said the man, who lives in Tuen Mun, developed a fever and headache last Thursday.

He was now in Tuen Mun Hospital in a stable condition.

10 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Mozzie menace

Despite winning praise from the World Health Organisation for having one of the best anti-mosquito defence systems in the world, Singapore is under attack from a tiny striped villain, the Aedes mosquito - which carries dengue fever.

27 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

200 more workers to take on mosquitoes

Two hundred people are to be recruited in the battle to reduce the number of mosquitoes and contain the dengue fever outbreak.

Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene Gregory Leung Wing-lup said the department would recruit the workers next month to carry out mosquito-prevention work.

23 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Dripping air-cons can turn SAR into 'City of Death'

There has been a great deal of discussion recently on the measures necessary to eradicate breeding grounds for mosquitoes in order to eliminate dengue fever in Hong Kong.

20 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Over-governed SAR

I listened to a news broadcast on Monday which described a meeting of 16 government departments to 'discuss' the dengue fever situation at Ma Wan.

If ever there was an example of how we are over-governed this is it.

26 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Bio-terrorism scare spreads panic across the world

A bio-terrorism scare spread across the globe last week. Even Hong Kong was not immune.

A Tuen Mun department store was cleared on suspicion that a white powder found on a clothing display contained anthrax bacteria. The disease claimed a life in the United States earlier this month.

23 Oct 2001 - 12:00am