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Gram Negative Bacteria

Water is declared safe after bug alert

The water at the new government headquarters in Admiralty is safe to use, a microbiology specialist says, after tests conducted following disinfection found all but one of more than 200 samples free of a potentially fatal bacteria.

Tuesday, 10 January, 2012, 12:00am

Breathe easy - chances are you'll never catch it

Education secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung was among 17 reported cases of legionnaires' disease last year, the seventh straight year in which case figures have hit double digits.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Tamar visits dropped after bug alert

Three groups of visitors called off trips to the new Tamar government headquarters this month, despite official pledges that the complex has been thoroughly disinfected after the discovery of potentially fatal bacteria.

The groups dropped their plans to see the new Legislative Council building in Admiralty after the contamination was made known.

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Government ignoring insulation

As I sat in my little village house in a double layer of trousers, a wool base-layer, wool hoodie and ski-socks, with two oil heaters and a fan, I was bemused to read the letter from Vyora Yau, principal assistant secretary for the environment, about the government's energy policy ('Why tariff rise was questioned', January 5).

7 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

Suen's recovered, but fear of deadly bug persists

Education chief Michael Suen Ming-yeung was released from hospital yesterday after a 12-day bout with legionnaires' disease.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Harbour swim will go on, despite high E coli count

The long-awaited cross-harbour swim will go ahead as planned on Sunday, organisers say, with only a 'very slim' chance that elevated bacteria levels could force a cancellation.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Shenzhen scientists create fast test for E coli strain

A Shenzhen laboratory that first completed the DNA sequencing of the deadly E coli outbreak in Europe has developed a rapid assay test that can accurately detect the infection within two to three hours, it announced yesterday.

The technology is now available online to the public for free.

9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Legionnaires' alert at Queen Mary

Legionnaires' disease bacteria has been found in water samples taken at Queen Mary Hospital after a woman became infected, the Hospital Authority said.

12 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Let's not kid ourselves about harbour water

In 2007, then secretary for environment, transport and works, Sarah Liao Sau-tung wrote in this newspaper that an ambitious government project had begun to clean up the harbour and reduce bacteria levels by 90 per cent by 2014, costing HK$20 billion over the next 10 years.

14 Feb 2011 - 12:00am