Death-plunge doctor had HIV, says health chief

Sunday, 18 March, 2012, 12:00am

Bug scare prompts vow to review inspections

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has promised to include testing for the legionella bacteria in new buildings in a review of inspection guidelines.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Deadly bacteria found in chief executive's office

The chief executive's office is among several sites at the new HK$5.5 billion Tamar government headquarters where the bacteria that causes legionnaires' disease have been detected, the Centre for Health Protection said last night.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Doctor swallows disinfectant in suicide bid

A doctor at Tung Wah Hospital's department of surgery was critically ill after he swallowed half a bottle of disinfectant in an apparent suicide attempt. The 25-year-old houseman was found unconscious on a chair by a cleaner at about 11.40am at the staff quarters near the hospital on Po Yan Street in Sheung Wan. Half a bottle of disinfectant and some drugs were found next to him.

28 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Push for more cleaning staff

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department was severely understaffed and lacked enough equipment to clean the city properly, a union said yesterday.

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department Staff Rights Union said the government should recruit up to 500 contract staff and 2,000 permanent workers to help with disinfection of public space.

25 May 2009 - 12:00am

Hongkongers don't seem so worried

Hongkongers no longer appear so concerned about swine flu, with stores reporting a drop in demand for surgical masks and disinfectant.

6 May 2009 - 12:00am

Pig viruses not expected to infect humans

Experts say a combination of viruses that has killed about 300 pigs in Guangdong in the past 10 days will not threaten humans.

A preliminary report by Ministry of Agriculture experts yesterday said a combination of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, swine fever and porcine circovirus caused the bacterial infection.

10 May 2007 - 12:00am

Thursday Thinktank

Five things we're all wondering about

1 Nina Wang leaves her entire estate to a fortune teller ... hmm, you think he saw this one coming?

2 ThreeSixty withdraws hemp spaghetti from shelves ... no wonder we still felt hungry even after inhaling a plate of carbonara.

26 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Cleanliness is king as farm bosses play safe

A pool of disinfectant has collected at the gate to the Guangzhou Kwangfeng Industrial Company where vehicles are hosed down before being allowed to enter.

Those entering on foot pass along a 20-metre corridor covered by gunny sacks soaked in disinfectant that leads to the staff living quarters.

30 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Donald Tsang's Key Proposals

- Raise fixed penalty fine for spitting and littering from $600 to $1,500

- Assign a security guard to each team of hygiene inspectors

- Disinfect and clean the common areas of 800 blacklisted private blocks by November

- Disinfect 258 hygiene blackspots in 99 public estates

- Hose busy streets every second day instead of weekly

29 May 2003 - 12:00am

Tainted water bottle 'isolated case'

Watson's Water Company said tests proved its bottled water was safe after a case in which drops of disinfectant were found in a bottle. A girl, nine, fell sick on Sunday after drinking a bottle her mother bought from a Mannings store in Diamond Hill. Food and Environmental Hygiene Department tests showed the affected bottle was an isolated case.

22 May 2001 - 12:00am

Bottled water 'spiked with disinfectant'

Police were yesterday investigating a suspected case of sabotage after a Watson's distilled water bottle was found to contain disinfectant at a Mannings store in Diamond Hill.

21 May 2001 - 12:00am

Reporters make news

A man taken to Queen Mary Hospital last night after reportedly drinking disinfectant following a row with his wife was arrested when he allegedly punched a reporter on arrival.

The man, 30, who lives in Mosque Street, Central, allegedly punched one of two reporters in the chest. The second reporter, 28, was arrested after becoming involved in a brawl.

18 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Court suicide bid foiled

A woman facing a criminal damage charge in Tuen Mun Court was stopped by a policeman when she tried to swallow disinfectant in a suicide bid inside the court room at 11am. The 37-year-old woman was treated in hospital.

31 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Suicide threat

A 25-year-old woman swallowed disinfectant in her North Point home after a dispute with her boyfriend. He phoned police after she threatened to commit suicide in her third-floor flat in Pan Hoi Street. She was taken to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital for treatment.

15 Nov 2000 - 12:00am