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.Friday, 5 March, 2010, 12:00am
Daily imports of live chickens from the mainland will remain at 7,000 before the Lunar New Year. The Food and Health Bureau says it understands the request of poultry traders for an increase in the quota but it has to consider the threat of bird flu. It estimates that the supply will meet public needs because about 268,000 live chickens are also available from local farms.6 Feb 2010 - 12:00am
Public confidence in the government's swine flu vaccination programme has been shaken. Media speculation over two stillbirths and a death in Hong Kong, and hundreds of adverse reactions in Taiwan linked to vaccines, have led to plummeting rates of inoculation. Officials warn that unless people in vulnerable groups get shots, an expected second wave of infections could prove severe.26 Jan 2010 - 12:00am
The government has launched many measures to fight the flu. We as students can also do our part.13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am
A review was launched yesterday to find out if flu was to blame for severely damaging the nervous systems of patients over the past two years. Emphasis will be given to swine flu cases in the past few months.9 Jan 2010 - 12:00am
I refer to Christof Van der Stichele's letter ('Expert says that swine flu vaccine is safe', December 22).
I wholeheartedly agree with this comment that, 'in matters of science, it is evidence which is supposed to count, not opinions'.30 Dec 2009 - 12:00am
The Red Cross has called for donations from people with type A or O blood because of a fall in supply and rise in demand. The Hospital Authority said it needed 1,000 donations a day, but people on flu or cold drugs or from areas where mad cow disease is prevalent are advised not to donate. To inquire about donating, call 2710 1234.18 Dec 2009 - 12:00am
Mainland researchers have developed a new type of herbal remedy that can slay the H1N1 virus, Beijing municipal authorities say.
Dr Wang Chen, president of Chaoyang Hospital, said yesterday that the formula could reduce the average length of swine-flu-related fever from 26 to 16 hours and cut the use of antibiotics by more than 70 per cent. The formula is taken as a tea.18 Dec 2009 - 12:00am
A group of experts with the World Health Organisation is recommending that the swine flu vaccine be combined with the seasonal flu vaccine from May.
The recommendation is made in a report that a group member says reflects that the new vaccine is as safe as previous ones and that swine flu is becoming part of seasonal flu.16 Dec 2009 - 12:00am
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.12 Dec 2009 - 12:00am
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 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 critical cases of swine flu were reported yesterday, a four-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man.27 Nov 2009 - 12:00am
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