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Centre for Health Protection

Saudi Arabia detects four new Sars-like cases

Four more cases of the deadly coronavirus have been detected in Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said, raising the number of people infected from the Sars-like virus in the kingdom to 28, including 15 fatalities.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, 11:59pm

Hong Kong on alert as France confirms more cases of Sars-like virus

Hong Kong's Centre of Health Protection yesterday told doctors to be extra vigilant for suspected symptoms of a new Sars-like coronavirus, as new cases in France took the confirmed number of cases globally to 34.

14 May 2013 - 2:44am

Flu fighter Thomas Tsang hails his successor as protector of Hong Kong

The man who helped ban smoking in Hong Kong's bars and restaurants has been chosen to replace the hugely respected "flu fighter" Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai in leading the city's defence against epidemic diseases.

19 Dec 2012 - 3:20am 1 comment

'Flu fighter' Tsang bids farewell to CHP

An epidemiologist will become the new head of the government’s disease prevention centre, succeeding outgoing chief Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai, the government said on Tuesday.

18 Dec 2012 - 8:35pm

Hong Kong traveller tests negative for Sars

A Hong Kong man who fell ill following a trip to Saudi Arabia is not infected by a new respiratory virus related to Sars, the Centre for Health Protection said on Wednesday afternoon.

A centre spokesman said a nasal specimen and throat swab taken from the patient both tested negative for the new coronavirus associated with Sars.

7 Nov 2012 - 6:03pm

Dr Thomas Tsang, Hong Kong's flu-fighting official, takes a well-earned break

The resignation of Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai as head of the government's disease prevention centre last month came as a shock to the city.

The unexpected move has prompted much speculation over why Tsang - Hong Kong's respected and indefatigable "flu fighter" and defender of the city against severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003 - who would leave public service after 20 years.

5 Nov 2012 - 5:45am 1 comment

Shock, sadness as 'flu fighter' Thomas Tsang quits

The man in charge of defending Hong Kong against the threat of deadly epidemics has resigned, causing shock and regret in the medical world.

Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai, 46, has been head of the Centre for Health Protection since 2009 but was already well known for his star role during the severe acute respiratory syndrome pandemic in 2003.

27 Oct 2012 - 2:55am 3 comments

Last Hong Kong official who knew his job quits

When Steve Jobs kicked the bucket, the satirical Onion news website ran this now-legendary headline: Last American Who Knew What The F*** He Was Doing Dies.

I felt something similar yesterday when the government announced that Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai, controller of the Centre for Health Protection, would quit by the end of the year.

29 Oct 2012 - 7:38am

Hong Kong must keep up constant vigilance against deadly viruses

Thankfully, Hong Kong's first suspected case of a deadly new Sars-like virus is a false alarm. The Centre for Health Protection confirmed a four-year old Saudi Arabian boy had suffered only from a common type of influenza. However, the negative test result for the novel coronavirus does not mean we can drop our guard.

11 Oct 2012 - 2:22am

Saudi boy in Hong Kong has flu, not Sars-like virus

A Saudi boy in a Hong Kong hospital has the flu, not the deadly Sars-like virus that emerged in the Middle East last month, the Centre for Health Protection confirmed on Monday, when the four-year-old tested negative for novel coronavirus.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am