Dos and don'ts

Should we wear masks now?

There is no need. Only those who are feverish, sick or chronically ill are advised to wear masks, and only on public transport or in crowded indoor areas.

Friday, 12 June, 2009, 12:00am

Mothers left with headaches

Suspension of classes has created a big problem for Lai Siu-chun, a mother of two young children.

Ms Lai, who helps her husband run a business, has a four-year-old daughter at Parkview Rhine Garden International Pre-school in Sham Tseng.

She looks after her five-month-old son with the help of an elder sister.

12 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

School closures the right course to take

The government has stuck to its guns and gone ahead with its vow to close primary schools and kindergartens in response to a local outbreak of human swine flu. This may be controversial to some. It should expect some criticism of overreacting to a worst-case scenario, albeit one that cannot be dismissed.

12 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

The flu that we all dread

We all get it. We feel terrible when we have it but there isn't much we can do to get rid of it. All we want to do is stay in bed and pull the covers up over our head. We can't go to work or school and we have to be careful not to give it to anyone else. What is it? It's the dreaded flu!


Here are 11 symptoms of the flu

1 Coughing

10 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Nation has first local flu infection

The nation has its first domestic swine-flu infection - in a Guangzhou woman who caught it from a customer recently arrived from New York.

The man flew into Guangzhou on Sunday on Asiana Airlines flight 369 after changing flights in South Korea. A 28-year-old Chinese American who works at a hospital, he travelled to Guangdong to attend a friend's wedding.

30 May 2009 - 12:00am

Flu-case school shut for two weeks

A Kwun Tong secondary school was ordered to close for two weeks after a Form Five student who returned from Canada was confirmed as one of the three new swine flu cases reported in Hong Kong yesterday.

It is the first time that the government has suspended classes because of the swine flu threat. The three new cases bring the city's total to 15.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am

Boy, 4, and sister are youngest HK victims

A young brother and sister who flew into Hong Kong from the United States were confirmed yesterday to be infected with swine flu, taking the number of cases in the city to nine.

They are in stable condition in Princess Margaret Hospital. According to the Centre for Health Protection, they had only minor symptoms.

26 May 2009 - 12:00am

New flu case raises fear of local spread

Hong Kong edged closer to a community outbreak of swine flu yesterday after confirming its fourth infection - in a woman who lived at home for four days after apparently contracting the virus on a flight from New York.

23 May 2009 - 12:00am

Change of direction

Hong Kong's swine flu strategy has been changed from containment at all costs to protection. People who come into contact with a suspected sufferer will no longer be quarantined. Instead, they will have to have daily health checks and doses of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu.

22 May 2009 - 12:00am

Designated clinics to handle any outbreak

Flu clinics would be designated across the city if a community outbreak of swine flu occurred, the Hospital Authority said.

The authority would designate a clinic in each of its seven hospital clusters - and would open a further 11 if necessary.

21 May 2009 - 12:00am

Student fifth confirmed case for mainland

The mainland has confirmed its fifth case of swine flu - a 21-year-old male student who just returned to Beijing from studies in Canada - according to a statement published on the Ministry of Health's website yesterday.

This is also the second confirmed case of the swine flu in Beijing.

21 May 2009 - 12:00am

Sick Italian woman in Tibet alarms doctor

Tibet reported a suspected swine flu case yesterday. If confirmed, it would be the mainland's first known import of the swine flu virus by a foreigner.

An Italian woman entering Tibet from Nepal on Saturday had been quarantined in the Himalayan border town of Zhangmu, Xinhua said.

20 May 2009 - 12:00am

Two IFC screens incoming office workers

Office workers entering Two IFC now have to pass through a temperature checkpoint similar to the temperature screening process at border checkpoints in a bid to prevent the spread of swine flu.

19 May 2009 - 12:00am

Japan should be HK model for containment plan, expert says

Hong Kong should refer to the swine flu outbreak in Japan in preparing a response plan because of similarities in population density and public transport systems, an expert says.

University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung said the outbreak in Japan rang alarm bells in Hong Kong because of similarities.

19 May 2009 - 12:00am

Row over 'loss' of train passengers

Rail and health authorities in Shandong are trading blame for losing track of passengers who travelled with a swine-flu infected man on a train to Jinan on Monday.

16 May 2009 - 12:00am