Thursday Think-tank

1. Tony Chan Chun-chuen says HK$50,000 head rub led to love ... same thing happens a lot in Shenzhen, except the girl doesn't call it a head rub and it's not so expensive.

Thursday, 14 May, 2009, 12:00am

Mainland reports another suspected case of swine flu

The mainland yesterday reported a suspected case of swine flu, involving a man in Shandong province . If confirmed, it would be the mainland's second case.

The man travelled from Canada and arrived in Beijing on Air Canada flight 29 on Friday. He developed a fever on Sunday and started to have flu-like symptoms, including a sore throat and a headache, Xinhua said.

13 May 2009 - 12:00am

Flu vaccine dilemmas leave WHO with a headache

The World Health Organisation is consulting national officials and drug makers this week on whether the threat from the new Influenza A (H1N1) strain is serious enough for large-scale production of a pandemic vaccine to start. The series of consultations, which conclude on Thursday, will form the basis of a recommendation to vaccine manufacturers from the WHO.

12 May 2009 - 12:00am

Time to forge a lasting legacy of cleanliness

Lessons learned from the Sars crisis in 2003 may well be why we have so far escaped a local outbreak of swine flu, despite the confirmed case of a Mexican visitor. One lesson that has been quickly remembered is the importance of cleanliness and hygiene in preventing the spread of viruses.

11 May 2009 - 12:00am

Mainland reports first suspected swine flu case

Beijing last night reported the mainland's first suspected case of H1N1 human swine flu in a 30-year-old male student who had just returned to Sichuan province from studying in the US.

The patient, only given the surname Bao, travelled from St Louis in Missouri to Chengdu , Sichuan's capital.

11 May 2009 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 What did health authorities recommend to prevent Sars?

a. stay away from cockroaches

b. avoid owls

c. wash your hands

d. wear masks all the time

2 What is another name for the swine flu?

a. Sars

b. A/H1N1

11 May 2009 - 12:00am

Vaccine production not likely until end of year

The mainland is expected to take longer than first thought to ready its swine flu vaccine, pushing back the production date towards the end of the year, a health official said.

9 May 2009 - 12:00am

Pondering flu's great unknowns

Global reactions to the outbreak of swine flu exemplify the best and worst of our world and offer object lessons in what to do and what not to do - not merely about the epidemic but about a plethora of problems confronting us.

9 May 2009 - 12:00am

Canadian embassy objects to students' quarantine

The Canadian embassy has lodged an official objection to the continued 'detention' of a group of university students in Changchun , Jilin province , despite the lack of medical evidence linking them to the swine flu outbreak.

7 May 2009 - 12:00am

126 Mexicans poised to fly home

Twelve Mexicans from Hong Kong - including four still under quarantine for swine flu - were due to leave for home early today on a chartered flight arranged by their government, with 114 from the mainland.

But the index patient who last week became the first confirmed case in Hong Kong and Asia remained in hospital last night.

6 May 2009 - 12:00am

Samples from Mexican help local experts better understand virus

Hong Kong's first swine flu patient is providing valuable information to local scientists to help prepare for a possible pandemic.

Medical experts are carrying out a range of tests on the H1N1 virus taken from the 25-year-old Mexican patient to determine how it attacks humans and how fast it can spread.

5 May 2009 - 12:00am

Hotel quarantine the right course, given our history

No one wants to be trapped in a budget hotel for a week. So it is understandable that guests who have been quarantined at the Metropark Hotel in Wan Chai are unhappy. Keeping them confined to the hotel for seven days causes great inconvenience and it is a step authorities in other parts of the world have chosen not to take. The government stands accused of overreacting.

3 May 2009 - 12:00am

Airport medical inspectors are Shanghai's first line of defence

Dressed head-to-foot in white protective suits, masks, goggles and surgical gloves, they made their way through Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

1 May 2009 - 12:00am

Free screening provided in pharmacies

More than 450 pharmacies around Hong Kong began offering free preliminary swine flu screening yesterday, as pharmacists warned people not to take anti-flu drugs such as Tamiflu and Relenza without a doctor's approval.

29 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Hu orders swift preventive steps at all levels

President Hu Jintao has ordered all levels of government to take necessary preventive measures to battle a spreading swine flu outbreak.

29 Apr 2009 - 12:00am