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

H.I.V. patient fights burns, and the system

An HIV-positive patient with burns over a large part of her body is fighting for her life in Guangdong after local hospitals failed to provide proper treatment for her injuries. Her case has been seen as an example of discrimination.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Three more children hit by scarlet fever

Three children from the same primary school in Tuen Mun have been added to the list of youngsters across Hong Kong stricken by scarlet fever.

Details of the latest victims of the highly contagious and potentially fatal childhood disease were revealed yesterday, taking the number of cases city-wide this year to the highest level since records began in 1997.

16 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

The dog days of summer

As you revel in the heat of a Hong Kong summer, it pays to remember that the hotter weather and higher humidity can give rise to a host of seasonal health issues. So, maximise your fun and stay healthy with this guide to avoiding the season's most common health problems.


31 May 2011 - 12:00am

Beadman jumps ship as Moore duo under cloud

John Moore's retained jockey, Darren Beadman, yesterday abandoned 2009 Hong Kong Sprint runner-up One World and switched to unheralded Let Me Fight after an injury cloud appeared over the prospects of both One World and star miler Able One ahead of Sunday's internationals.

10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Another man ill with flesh-eating disease

An 86-year-old man is in critical condition with a confirmed case of the flesh-eating disease necrotising fasciitis, the second case reported in two days.

The Mong Kok man developed fever, chills, leg pain and redness on June 14 and was admitted to Kwong Wah Hospital the next day, a spokesman from the Centre for Health Protection said.

25 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

New patient may have metapneumovirus

Another patient in a Tuen Mun Hospital ward, where an outbreak of human metapneumovirus cases was recently reported, has developed fever and coughing symptoms. The woman, 20, at a mixed ward for the mentally handicapped, is being treated in isolation and is in stable condition. Admission to the ward has been suspended as part of infection control measures.

19 Jun 2010 - 12:00am