Infectious Disease

In Brief

talks to prevent spread of diseases across border

Saturday, 10 February, 2007, 12:00am

Risking his life for others

YU JIANZHONG HAS a job not many would envy. When the news of an outbreak of Sars, bird flu, cholera or any other communicable disease comes in, he is at the receiving end.

As head of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, Mr Yu admits his job is quite a hair-raising experience.

13 May 2006 - 12:00am

Deaths from infectious disease up 82 per cent

Infectious diseases killed 82 per cent more people on the mainland last year than in 2004, according to government statistics.

The diseases claimed 13,263 lives, compared with 7,248 in 2004. The number of reported infectious disease cases also rose by 13 per cent to 4.42 million in 2005.

14 Feb 2006 - 12:00am


Pearl, 9.30pm

Have we sterilised our world to the point of actually

increasing our risk of illness? Is our lack of exposure to

viruses making more of us sick? With existing antibiotics

10 Apr 2002 - 12:00am


New Killer Diseases

World, 10pm

23 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Aids clinic gets clean bill of health

An Aids centre in Kowloon Bay does not pose any environmental threat to nearby residents, studies to be announced today will reveal.

The community liaison group of the Kowloon Bay Health Centre and Nursing Home finished three studies which assessed a possible radiation hazard, the spread of infectious disease and noise levels at the clinic.

6 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

People with infectious diseases barred from swimming pools

People with symptoms of hand-foot-mouth or other infectious skin diseases will be barred from entering public swimming pools in a fresh attempt to hamper the spread of enterovirus, the Urban Services Department said yesterday.

Guidelines had been sent to all private swimming pools to ensure the amount of residual chlorine level was sufficient to kill enterovirus.

25 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Hi-tech disease lab to be created

An advanced public medical laboratory will be established in Hong Kong by mid-2001 in an attempt to step up control over contagious diseases.

The move is among measures to be adopted by the Department of Health in the wake of the bird flu outbreak.

9 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Fines could stop spitters

It was with interest that I read the article headlined, 'Keeping a killer in check' (South China Morning Post, April 16) and would like to applaud Professor Lau Yu-ling for his comments on society's attitude to spitting. I have always wondered why no action seems to have been taken in Hong Kong to prevent this all too common practice.

19 Apr 1997 - 12:00am