Flu Pandemic

Death toll hits 16 in China bird flu outbreak

Commuters protect themselves against bird flu in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

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

Little to fear from bird flu - unless you're a chicken

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 warned of bird flu risk

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.

6 May 2015 - 4:29pm


Bad day for theme parks as rides come to a halt

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Probe as scarlet fever kills girl

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

City Digest

Human swine flu genes found in pork samples

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

Disguised asylum seeker granted bail in Canada

12 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

HK checkpoints to handle 6.4m travellers during holiday

5 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Information flow vital in latest bird flu case

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

How money fears made 2009 a year to forget

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

Drop in currencies expected to prompt more overseas trips

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

The painful side effects of a shot in the dark

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

Swine flu vigilance to decrease

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

It's still a good ride for parks despite crisis

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

Neurological complications follow jab

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