Contagious diseases

Girl, 4, isolated amid fears of deadly coronavirus

Ko Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health. Photo: May Tse

A four-year-old girl visiting from Qatar has been isolated after she tested negative for a deadly Sars-like virus yesterday. The girl had initially sparked fears that the novel coronavirus had reached Hong Kong after she showed signs of carrying the virus that has killed at least nine people around the world.

Monday, 25 March, 2013, 6:55am

Deadly Sars-like virus takes toll on British family

The widow of the first person to die of a new Sars-like virus in Britain has told of the tragic circumstances of his death. Azima Hussain, 33, giving her first interview, spoke of the devastation inflicted on her family by the coronavirus that killed her husband, Khalid, last month.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:26am

China reports second fatal case of bird flu this year, in Guizhou

China is considered one of the nations most at risk from bird flu epidemics because it has the world's biggest poultry population. Photo: Reuters

The 31-year-old died in hospital in the city of Guiyang on Friday, the Guizhou province health department statement said, adding that no other human cases of bird flu had been reported in the province. Another city resident, a 21-year-old woman, died from the virus earlier this month.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:21am

Hong Kong must avoid the health threat of complacency

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun. Photo: AFP

Wwhile Sars may now seem a distant memory, we forget the lessons of it at our peril. We should heed the reminder sounded by the emergence of a new Sars-like virus and confirmation that the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has infected two young adults and killed one of them in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am

Scientists warn of more serious disease threats than Sars

Illustration: Joe Lo

A decade on from the Sars outbreak, experts agree that the disease could return - but its effects are unlikely to be as devastating as in 2003. Hong Kong is now fully capable of battling an epidemic - such as severe acute respiratory syndrome - thanks to much improved infrastructure and management software, they say. But that's no reason to be complacent in the battle against contagious diseases.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:28am