Girl, 5, in intensive care as scarlet fever cases triple

A five-year-old girl was said last night to be in a critical condition with scarlet fever, as figures showed the number of cases in the city has tripled since last year.

Thursday, 31 May, 2012, 12:00am

Ready or not

Bouncing happily around the house, 3?-year-old Andrea Chiu is all giggles and smiles. It's hard to imagine that she weighed just 570 grams and was barely bigger than the palm of a hand when she was born. Arriving nine weeks ahead of term, Andrea was in crisis within a month. Her intestines became inflamed and doctors urgently had to schedule her for surgery.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Record demand for care of newborns

The demand for intensive care services for newborns in Hong Kong's public hospitals hit a record last year, taking up 108 per cent of available capacity, according to statistics released yesterday.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

When big hearts can save little lives

The story of baby Dong - a pneumonia-stricken infant abandoned at a hospital in Guizhou because his parents could not afford medical care - is one that Children's Medical Foundation (CMF) director Melissa Moi cannot forget.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Rubella outbreak halts church services

A hotel in Causeway Bay has cancelled church services held on its premises catering to Indonesian domestic helpers after an outbreak of rubella or German measles.

'The Regal Hotel cancelled our services at their venue,' said Pastor Yohanes Johni-Fayersz of the Bethany International Church.

The church has yet to find an another venue.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

HK rubella outbreak traced to church service

Health authorities yesterday traced a suspected outbreak of rubella, or German measles, to a church service that is attended mostly by Indonesian domestic helpers, held at a hotel in Causeway Bay.

The Department of Health said three Indonesian helpers, aged 27, 32 and 34, developed symptoms between October 5 and 7.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Help protect yourself against the new type of scarlet fever

Two young children have died of a disease called scarlet fever. One was a five-year-old boy and the other a seven-year-old girl.

The disease is usually easily cured. But this is a new version of the disease that is spreading very quickly. People who catch the disease have a rash and a very red tongue. They need to see a doctor for help.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Scarlet fever feared to have killed second child

Scarlet fever is suspected to have claimed the life of a second child yesterday as the number of recorded cases soared to nearly double the previous high.

It would be the first time two deaths from scarlet fever have occurred in a year in Hong Kong since the present disease notification system began in 1997.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Three more children hit by scarlet fever

Three children from the same primary school in Tuen Mun have been added to the list of youngsters across Hong Kong stricken by scarlet fever.

Details of the latest victims of the highly contagious and potentially fatal childhood disease were revealed yesterday, taking the number of cases city-wide this year to the highest level since records began in 1997.

16 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

No clues to record rise in cases of scarlet fever

The number of cases of a highly contagious and potentially fatal childhood disease has hit the highest level since records began and experts have no idea why.

A total of 272 scarlet fever cases have been reported so far this year, including one in which a seven-year-old girl died on May 29 - the first fatal case in five years.

9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Neonatal transfers up sharply

The number of babies transferred from private hospitals to the intensive care units of public hospitals has risen by a quarter over the past three years, Hospital Authority figures show. In 2010, a total of 354 babies born in private hospitals were transferred to neonatal intensive care units in public hospitals, a rise from 312 in 2009 and 281 in 2008.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

Doctor warns of complacency in face of autism danger

Hong Kong has escaped the anti-MMR childhood vaccine movement - linking the jab to autism - which spread across many English-speaking countries in the past decade.

23 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Move to reassure staff on maternity services

The health minister yesterday agreed to uphold the quality of maternity services, perhaps by controlling the number of mainland women giving birth in the city.

22 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Nurses on the front line caring for fragile lives

An electronic monitor gives off a beeping signal in the neonatal intensive care unit of the United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong. It is a 'low oxygen' warning.

Nurse Emily Chan Sim-wah stops feeding milk to the baby boy in her arms and strokes his back.

The boy, eyes closed, breathes in - and the beeping stops.

18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Promise of more nurses fails to satisfy doctors

Extra nurses have been promised for overstretched neonatal units, but doctors say there will still not be enough to meet the heavy demands on the service.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am