H7N9 bird flu has claimed two more lives in Shanghai, Chinese state media said, bringing the death toll from the disease to 16. China has confirmed 77 human cases of H7N9 avian influenza since announcing two weeks ago that it had found the strain in people for the first time.Wednesday, 17 April, 2013, 10:39am
As you read the news, perhaps you ask yourself: 'Why aren't half of us dead from bird flu?'
After all, renowned flu hunter Robert Webster remarked in 2006 that 'society just can't accept the idea that 50 per cent of the population could die... I'm sorry if I'm making people a little frightened, but I feel it's my role.'24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
Parents should keep young children out of wet markets, a doctor warned yesterday, as officials confirmed a two-year-old boy who came to Hong Kong from Guangzhou nine days ago has the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, with his condition worsening in the last 24 hours.
The Centre for Health Protection revealed the boy had visited a wet market selling live poultry in Guangzhou in May.3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
Bad day for theme parks as rides come to a halt29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
The Department of Health has launched an investigation after the death of a 14-year-old girl from scarlet fever yesterday. This follows a 10-fold increase last year in the number of children struck down by the potentially fatal bacteria.20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
Human swine flu genes found in pork samples17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
Disguised asylum seeker granted bail in Canada12 Feb 2011 - 12:00am
HK checkpoints to handle 6.4m travellers during holiday5 Feb 2011 - 12:00am
Hong Kong has a wealth of knowledge and understanding about infectious diseases. The recurrence of human bird flu after an absence of seven years is worrying, but not a cause for panic. It is not known where the 59-year-old woman contracted it or what the circumstances were; authorities are still investigating.20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am
Last year was one of the most difficult times to find a job or to earn enough to buy a home in Hong Kong, and most people considered themselves worse off than at any time since 2002, a Chinese University survey found.4 Aug 2010 - 12:00am
More Hongkongers are expected to travel abroad and spend more money this summer, thanks to weaker foreign currencies and a better local economy.
And with no worries about swine flu this year, travel agents say more parents are sending their children abroad for summer courses or planning to have an overseas family holiday.24 May 2010 - 12:00am
As governments around the world prepare to throw away billions of dollars worth of date-expired vaccine, the question must be asked: did some world health authorities, including those in Hong Kong, overreact to the great swine flu scare of last year?18 May 2010 - 12:00am
Hong Kong will soon lower its guard against swine flu - just over a year after the pandemic reached the city and with 90 per cent of the flu vaccine ordered at the height of the scare unused.12 May 2010 - 12:00am
A global survey shows that Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park did well last year despite the economic downturn.
According to data compiled by the Themed Entertainment Association and the consultancy AECOM Economics, Asian theme parks suffered more than those in the United States and Europe during the recession.28 Apr 2010 - 12:00am
A 70-year-old developed neurological symptoms after being vaccinated against swine flu, the Centre for Health Protection said yesterday. The man, who received the shot in December, was found to have problems with muscle co-ordination after being admitted to hospital on March 18. Tests are being carried out to confirm whether he has Guillain-Barre syndrome.3 Apr 2010 - 12:00am