Bad day for theme parks as rides come to a halt

Sunday, 29 January, 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

Who said it?

I won't be involved in politics anymore

Former Myanmese prime minister Khin Nyunt, who was released from house arrest

It's like searching for a needle at the bottom of the Pacific

Researcher Paul Zhou on the discovery of an antibody that may neutralise all forms of H5N1 bird flu virus (pictured)

6 May 2015 - 4:39pm

The best way to keep viruses at bay

Infectious diseases, as Hong Kong well knows, are not to be taken lightly. The city's crowded conditions and attractiveness for travel, tourism and business mean that viruses can easily take hold and spread rapidly. We have learned that vigilance, transparency, a questioning media and unambiguous preventative measures are the best way to keep viruses at bay.

6 May 2015 - 4:29pm

Chickens culled after H5N1 find

The early birds were lucky, the rest missed out.

Hongkongers quickly snapped up the few live chickens remaining on market stalls yesterday after the government halted supplies from wholesalers and ordered a cull following the discovery of deadly H5N1 bird flu in a dead chicken on Tuesday.

6 May 2015 - 4:29pm


Virus by James Rose Random Ax Media (e-book)

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Atishoo, atishoo, we all fall down

OK, give me all your germs!' Steven Soderbergh jokes after arriving for his press duties. But as his new film Contagion shows, the spread of a deadly pandemic is no laughing matter. Particularly when it starts in Hong Kong.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

The infection of fear

Since the Black Death ravaged most of Europe in the mid-14th century, people have been on alert for its return. Every outbreak of infectious disease gives rise to the inevitable question: Is this the one? In today's ultra-cosmopolitan world, a global outbreak would devastate every aspect of society.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Lai See

New strain of influenza is not to be sneezed at

6 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

HK flu story takes turn for the better

Hong Kong suffered the first major outbreak of bird flu among humans in 1997 and in 2009 famously quarantined more than 300 guests and staff in a hotel for a week during the initial global panic about swine flu after the city's first case was discovered there. It would be ironic therefore if it is also remembered for pioneering research that led to the most effective cure yet for influenza.

2 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Vigilance always the best defence

The respite from childhood epidemics has ended after a relatively mild flu season compared with some recent years. Families and schools are now coping with a major summer outbreak of scarlet fever. Parents will not relish the prospect of having to remain vigilant and quarantine victims during the school holidays.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

No clues to record rise in cases of scarlet fever

The number of cases of a highly contagious and potentially fatal childhood disease has hit the highest level since records began and experts have no idea why.

A total of 272 scarlet fever cases have been reported so far this year, including one in which a seven-year-old girl died on May 29 - the first fatal case in five years.

9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

'If a doctor doesn't trust it, what kind of message does that send?'

While the MMR vaccine controversy does not seem to be on parents' radars in the city, they are not immune to scares over vaccinations.

23 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

More younger, healthier people being laid low by flu this season

More than a third of severe flu cases this season involve people not suffering any chronic illnesses, government figures show.

Among 82 people admitted to intensive care from January 24 to February 16, 30 had no existing conditions. Of the 30, half were aged 15 to 54, the Food and Health Bureau said in a document presented to the Legislative Council.

1 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

3 die as swine flu peak nears end

The health chief said the swine flu peak was approaching an end - though three patients died of the virus yesterday. Two women, aged 47 and 74, died in Tuen Mun Hospital and another, 18, died in Kwong Wah Hospital, Yau Ma Tei.

26 Feb 2011 - 12:00am