Influenza

Steely grey may be a little late, but O' Shea certain he'll race to win

Racing To Win may have arrived in Hong Kong two years late, according to trainer John O'Shea, but that won't stop the steely grey producing a bold showing in the richest turf mile race in the world - the HK$16 million Hong Kong Mile.

Saturday, 12 December, 2009, 12:00am

20-year-old leukaemia patient dies

A 20-year-old leukaemia patient died of swine flu in Pok Oi Hospital on Wednesday. A 47-year-old smoker who developed symptoms of swine flu on November 27 was reported to be in critical condition in Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday. A total of 106 swine flu patients remain in public hospitals, with five in serious condition and 14 critical.

4 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Private doctors urged to be alert to swine flu as man dies at home

Private doctors are being urged to be more alert to the possibility of human swine flu in their patients after a 54-year-old smoker became the first person in Hong Kong with the disease to die at home.

3 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Two new critical flu cases reported

Two critical cases of swine flu were reported yesterday, a four-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man.

27 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Boy had mutated 'Norway' virus

A one-year-old boy in Hong Kong had suffered from the same mutated swine flu virus that was recently discovered and linked to two deaths in Norway, health authorities said.

The virus was found in a respiratory specimen of the boy, who has since recovered.

24 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Risk of 'massive' rise in flu deaths, minister says

Without adequate precautions, a massive number of swine flu deaths on the mainland were inevitable, Health Minister Chen Zhu said, as state media reported yesterday that a seventh person had died from the disease.

Chen's comments, made at a meeting in Beijing on ways to improve the vaccination campaign nationwide, appeared yesterday on the ministry's website.

3 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Swine flu easing, says official, even as school forced to close

Swine flu is showing signs of easing, according to the chief of the Centre for Health Protection.

Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai's comments came as another school was forced to close when five people tested positive for the virus.

12 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Girl, 11, and woman, 93, become youngest and oldest fatalities

Two Hong Kong patients with swine flu died yesterday, taking the number of local deaths related to the virus to 26, the Hospital Authority said.

One of those who died, a mentally disabled 11-year-old girl, was Hong Kong's youngest swine flu fatality. The other victim, a 93-year-old woman, was the oldest.

3 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

HK to scale back surveillance for swine flu cases

Hong Kong is to scale back its swine flu surveillance programme after a Centre for Health Protection review showed the virus was milder than first thought.

It is estimated that as many as half a million city residents have been infected with the disease - 20 times the number of confirmed cases - but cases have been so mild that a majority have gone undetected.

26 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Thursday Thinktank

1 Customs officials say they will destroy expensive seafood seized ... they plan to let it freezer burn, then overcook it with processed cheese.

2 Health care workers decline swine flu vaccine shots ... perhaps a physician need not heal thyself.

27 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Delay over vaccine may prove costly

In the scramble for a pandemic vaccine, it's every country for itself. Swine flu has reached global pandemic proportions. The only saving grace is that it has not been as lethal as originally feared. This does not mean we can lower our guard. The government is right to try to secure five million doses of the vaccine against the A(H1N1) influenza virus through an international tender.

21 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

No takers to supply swine flu vaccine

Hong Kong is unlikely to have swine flu vaccines available before the winter flu peak strikes, after the government cancelled its tender call for five million shots last night.

21 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Wash your hands while we wait for a flu vaccine

The spread of human swine flu in Hong Kong continues to gather pace. But it is well below the global rate and most cases are mild. It seems the anti-infection lessons of the Sars outbreak in 2003 still stand the community in good stead.

7 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

HK has enough Tamiflu, health minister says

There were sufficient supplies of the antiviral drug Tamiflu in the city to treat flu patients, the health minister said yesterday.

York Chow Yat-ngok said Hong Kong was still in the middle of the flu season. Swine flu and another strain, H3N2, accounted for 50 per cent each of all flu cases.

1 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Modified flu strain poised to infect more victims

A virus strain that had accounted for nearly half of all flu infections in Hong Kong had experienced a genetic change and might infect more people over the summer peak, the Centre for Health Protection said yesterday.

Swine flu now accounts for 49 per cent of all infections, while another strain, H3N2, had accounted for 43 per cent, centre controller Thomas Tsang Ho-fai said.

30 Jul 2009 - 12:00am