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Infectious Diseases

Alertness towards infectious diseases drops

Ten years after the first Sars patient died at the start of what turned out to be a major epidemic outbreak, Hongkongers’ alertness towards infectious diseases like Sars and personal hygiene has dropped, a survey finds.

Monday, 4 March, 2013, 8:41pm

Hong Kong must keep up constant vigilance against deadly viruses

Thankfully, Hong Kong's first suspected case of a deadly new Sars-like virus is a false alarm. The Centre for Health Protection confirmed a four-year old Saudi Arabian boy had suffered only from a common type of influenza. However, the negative test result for the novel coronavirus does not mean we can drop our guard.

11 Oct 2012 - 2:22am

From the experts: World Sepsis Day

Sepsis is often misdiagnosed.Photo: Sciepro

Sepsis is one of the most common deadly diseases; yet it is one of the least well known. Every hour, about 1,000 people die from sepsis worldwide. The disease kills more people than HIV/Aids, prostate cancer and breast cancer combined.

11 Sep 2012 - 9:31am

Virus puts the boot into team

The public health agency of Seattle and King County in the US state of Washington received a call alerting it to an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis among participants at a soccer tournament held in the county one weekend.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

15 got dysentery on trip to Cambodia in June

About 15 of the 32 people on a Wing On Travel tour fell ill with bacillary dysentery on a trip to Cambodia from June 13 to 17, the Centre for Health Protection. A woman, 58, was treated at Pok Oi Hospital, and 11 got medical aid in Cambodia and after returning home. All were in stable condition.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Fifth person this month dies collecting clams

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Patient-focused staff in short supply during son's stay in public hospitals

As a frequent visitor to Hong Kong for almost 20 years, I have always loved the city's excellence and efficiency.

However, the recent hospitalisation of our five-month-old Down's syndrome son has revealed significant, systemic problems with some aspects of hospital care and facilities.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Suen illness confirmed as legionnaires' disease

Education chief Michael Suen Ming-yeung was diagnosed with legionnaires' disease yesterday after initially being admitted to Queen Mary Hospital with pneumonia.

Suen's spokesman confirmed the diagnosis after the Centre for Health Protection issued a press release saying an unnamed 67-year-man had the disease. Suen is 67.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

A common disease that proves hard to stomach

'Tis the season to be jolly, but also for gastroenteritis, a common disease that's also known as stomach, or gastric, flu. It's not positive news for the festive period, though it can be prevented easily by taking simple precautions.

Gastroenteritis is usually a mild disease and can be caused by a variety of pathogens (disease-causing agents).

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am