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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.

Saturday, 2 July, 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

Flu deaths show need to boost vaccination rate

Health officials will review the city's flu prevention strategy amid growing criticism of the low vaccination rate, especially among health care workers.

The winter flu peak has seen nine deaths so far, with 39 patients being admitted to intensive care units.

14 Feb 2011 - 12:00am