Tamar visits dropped after bug alert

Three groups of visitors called off trips to the new Tamar government headquarters this month, despite official pledges that the complex has been thoroughly disinfected after the discovery of potentially fatal bacteria.

Saturday, 7 January, 2012, 12:00am


Government ignoring insulation

As I sat in my little village house in a double layer of trousers, a wool base-layer, wool hoodie and ski-socks, with two oil heaters and a fan, I was bemused to read the letter from Vyora Yau, principal assistant secretary for the environment, about the government's energy policy ('Why tariff rise was questioned', January 5).

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Bug scare prompts vow to review inspections

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has promised to include testing for the legionella bacteria in new buildings in a review of inspection guidelines.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Health scare offers a timely reminder

Legionnaires' disease is an illness about which we know a great deal - how it occurs, who is vulnerable, how to prevent it, the symptoms and treatment.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Haste 'didn't cause bug' at government HQ

Hong Kong's health chief has dismissed suggestions that the rush to finish building the government headquarters in Admiralty last year could have played a part in the recent bacterial contamination there.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Evidence of killer bug found at Tamar

Traces of the bacteria that cause legionnaires' disease were discovered in the new HK$5.5 billion government headquarters at Tamar days after education chief Michael Suen Ming-yeung was diagnosed with the potentially fatal condition.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Inquest told immune deficiency could have contributed to death

A Civil Aid Services trainer who died of a rare tropical disease could have been weakened by an uncommon underlying condition, an expert witness said yesterday.

13 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Digging up trouble

One of the best things about the Lunar New Year are the flowers and plants that spring up everywhere; in lobbies, doorways, homes, balconies, shopping malls.

But after the celebrations are over, danger can be lurking in discarded plants.

14 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

19th-century predecessor

Another important bacterium, Yersinia pestis, was also identified in Hong Kong - in 1894.

At the height of the plague outbreak between May 1894 and 1923, 20,489 people died. It started in the overcrowded Tai Ping Shan area of Sai Ying Pun.

Swiss scientist Alexander Yersin isolated the bacterium, which was named after him.

6 Feb 2002 - 12:00am