Influenza

Vaccine race on

The race is on to develop a vaccine for H1N1 swine flu as the world faces an unusually risky flu season.

Saturday, 25 July, 2009, 12:00am

Infection toll tops 2,000 with new cases a record

Hong Kong's swine flu toll passed 2,000 yesterday, with the number of new cases hitting a record 127, the Centre for Health Protection said.

One more patient was listed as critical, taking the total of severe cases to five critical and two serious. The condition of three other severe cases improved.

23 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

HK must build on strengths in flu fight

Experts around the world are far from in agreement on the epidemiology of human swine flu - how it affects public health. This does not make it any easier for people to decide how worried they should be about the rapid global spread of the A(H1N1) virus.

22 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Warning over virus as two patients take a turn for the worse

Two people have developed severe complications after contracting the swine flu virus, prompting a leading medical expert to issue a stern warning that it would be a 'clear mistake' if the government treated the new disease like seasonal flu.

16 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Super-virulent flu cannot survive if it kills too many of its hosts

I used to believe notions that flu could rather magically mutate into a malevolent, super-lethal virus, as suggested by various people including J. C. Lawrence ('Flu real threat', July 7), and that it would then rampage around the world, killing millions.

12 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

Elderly swine flu patient in stable condition

10 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

North, south, east, west - home's best

These holidays we were supposed to visit my grandparents in Canada and now we're not going because of the swine flu. I know we are very lucky to live in Hong Kong because our doctors and lawmakers are so good. But I am very sad not to be seeing my grandparents.

9 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

HK tourists cleared after quarantine

Thirty-five Hong Kong tourists who sat on a flight near a confirmed swine flu patient left a Beijing hotel yesterday after five days in quarantine.

The tourists, from tour groups run by Hong Thai Travel Services and Morning Star Travel, had been quarantined in the Yanxiang Hotel since Tuesday.

6 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Animal warrior is fighting fit despite being grounded by case of swine flu on aircraft

Animals Asia founder Jill Robinson has been grounded by the swine flu. No, she doesn't have it and hopefully she won't get it - even though it is now about as common as the common cold. However, the animal warrior was on a flight from Hong Kong to her Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu , Sichuan , on Tuesday morning.

3 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Students quick off the block

Hong Kong's squad is ready for action in the World University Games - despite the threat of swine flu hanging over the event in Belgrade, Serbia.

Last Monday the entire Hong Kong under-15 soccer team, which was due to compete in the Asian Youth Games, was quarantined in Singapore after five members were found to have swine flu.

29 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing upgrades its hygiene regulations

The Beijing municipal government has upgraded hygiene regulations as the number of swine flu cases on the mainland increases.

25 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

20 more confirmed swine flu cases in city

21 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

11 more mainland cases takes total to 237

Eleven confirmed cases of swine flu were reported on the mainland yesterday, raising the total number of infections to 237.

It was also revealed that the health of Beijing residents was threatened because the 39th infected person in the capital was not isolated despite a visit to the hospital. She took the subway frequently last week.

17 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

New admissions policy to reduce burden on system

Only confirmed swine flu patients will be sent to hospital under the government's new policy, announced today, to reduce the burden on the public health care system.

17 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

City confirms 10 new cases, including family members of students

Hong Kong confirmed 10 new swine flu cases yesterday, including two family members of infected secondary students in the city's first local cluster of infections.

Twelve Form Four students at St Paul's Convent School were confirmed with the A(H1N1) virus on Thursday. The cases were the city's first cluster of local infections.

13 Jun 2009 - 12:00am