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Influenza

Start of school term brings health warning

The Centre for Health Protection yesterday reminded schoolchildren and their parents to be on the lookout for cases of hand, foot and mouth disease and flu when classes resume next week.

Saturday, 28 August, 2010, 12:00am

Fear of side effects sank swine flu scheme

Most Hongkongers did not have a swine flu vaccination because they feared side effects and felt the chance of infection was low, according to a survey by the Department of Health.

Taxpayers spent HK$237 million stockpiling the vaccine and another HK$3 million promoting the inoculation programme, the biggest of its kind run in the city.

28 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

City pulls in HK$4b investments

InvestHK, the government agency responsible for attracting foreign investment, told the Legislative Council's commerce and industry panel it completed a record 265 projects last year, which had brought direct investment of HK$4.4 billion and would create more than 6,000 jobs within two years.

Illegal workers held

25 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

How money fears made 2009 a year to forget

Last year was one of the most difficult times to find a job or to earn enough to buy a home in Hong Kong, and most people considered themselves worse off than at any time since 2002, a Chinese University survey found.

4 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

2.8m unused swine flu doses to be dumped

More than HK$220 million worth of swine flu vaccines will be dumped after a health chief said they had completed their 'historical mission'.

Director of Health Dr Lam Ping-yan confirmed yesterday that 2.8 million doses of swine flu vaccine, ordered at the height of the swine flu pandemic last year, would be discarded when they reach their expiry date in October.

10 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Chicken abattoir shelved

Thirteen years after it was first touted as an essential measure to protect the city from potentially fatal bird flu, the idea of a central slaughterhouse for chickens has been shelved.

10 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Clarification required on central slaughtering

Banning the sale of live poultry in our markets, and moving to a system of central slaughtering, has long been viewed as a necessary step to protect our community from deadly infectious diseases. It has been on the agenda for years, but has repeatedly been delayed. Now, a consultant commissioned by the government has concluded that such a scheme would not be financially viable.

14 May 2010 - 12:00am

9 women confirmed with swine flu

Nine women have been diagnosed with swine flu, a spokesman for Kwai Chung Hospital said. They were among 13 flu patients, aged 15 to 79, who had been in a ward at the hospital since Wednesday. Eleven of the patients were being treated at Princess Margaret Hospital and all were stable. Admission and visits to the ward had been suspended and infection control measures stepped up.

11 May 2010 - 12:00am

Neurological complications follow jab

A 70-year-old developed neurological symptoms after being vaccinated against swine flu, the Centre for Health Protection said yesterday. The man, who received the shot in December, was found to have problems with muscle co-ordination after being admitted to hospital on March 18. Tests are being carried out to confirm whether he has Guillain-Barre syndrome.

3 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Seasonal peak flu alert issued

The Centre for Health Protection urged the public to take precautionary measures against seasonal flu, which consists mainly of swine flu and influenza B. It said the latest data showed an increasing number of flu samples, which signals that the city has entered the traditional seasonal flu peak.

19 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Thursday Think tank

1 Shoe thrown at Henry Tang Ying-yen at youth summit ... Yes, our misdirected youngsters really need to improve their aim

2 ESF fees to go up again ... You know what this means? It's either a shoebox apartment or an education for junior

3 Pay cut proposed for new civil servant recruits ... how about starting with the next round of political appointees

11 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Nearly 300 more attend clinics

The number of patients attending designated flu clinics rose from 410 two weeks ago to 704 last week. The number of institutional outbreaks between February 28 and March 3 was 23, compared with just three in the two weeks between February 14 and 27. Some 55.1 of every 1,000 private-doctor consultations were related to flu last week, an increase from 42.8 per cent two weeks ago.

5 Mar 2010 - 12:00am