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Public Health

Two men die in Shanghai in first human cases of bird flu strain

The National Health and Family Planning Commission said it wasn't clear how the three became infected, but there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

Monday, 1 April, 2013, 12:21pm 1 comment

Girl, 4, isolated amid fears of deadly coronavirus

A four-year-old girl visiting from Qatar has been isolated after she tested negative for a deadly Sars-like virus yesterday. The girl had initially sparked fears that the novel coronavirus had reached Hong Kong after she showed signs of carrying the virus that has killed at least nine people around the world.

25 Mar 2013 - 6:55am

Medical waste must be stopped

Hong Kong is blessed with numerous sandy beaches that may rival those of island resorts. Sadly, some of our beaches are polluted with rubbish washed up from the sea or dumped by irresponsible visitors. Recently, a beach accessible to tens of thousands of residents in Discovery Bay was littered with hundreds of used syringes and other medical items. Not only is this a nuisance it also poses a serious threat to public health and safety on Lantau.

18 Mar 2013 - 1:41am 1 comment

Li Bin brings rich experience to health and family planning commission

Minister in charge of the newly established Health and Family Planning Commission Li Bin yesterday said she was well aware of the importance of her job, but shed little light on how she was going to address the two tricky issues of health-care reform and the controversial birth control policies.

17 Mar 2013 - 6:38am

Shanghai's dead-pig flotilla needs explaining

Shanghai residents could be excused for feeling shocked and outraged after the city's waterway was found choked with dead pigs. Over the past week, thousands of rotting carcasses were seen drifting down the river that flows through the city. More disturbing is that little is known about how it happened. Nor do we know what is being done to contain the problem. Given the potential threat to public health in the region, the lack of transparency and protection is regrettable.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:00am

Flights to take more health precautions after second Sars scare

More health measures will be taken on flights in and out of the city, the health minister said yesterday, as Hongkongers breathed a sigh of relief after a cabin crew member tested negative for novel coronavirus.

11 Mar 2013 - 5:18am

Causeway Bay API soars above WHO safety guidelines

Environment officials came under pressure to cut vehicle emissions after dangerous pollution levels were recorded in one of Hong Kong's busiest shopping districts yesterday.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:11am

Judge officials on health, environment too: expert

Speaking on the sideline of the annual session of the National People's Congress, Zhong said smog was the major cause of respiratory diseases and led to lung cancer and illnesses affecting the cardiovascular and nervous systems.

7 Mar 2013 - 4:53am

Smoking on increase in Shanghai's 'disaster zones'

Officials referred to the three areas as smoking "disaster zones" and admitted the outlook for implementing the restrictions - imposed three years ago - was "not optimistic".

4 Mar 2013 - 5:42am

Doctors confident Hong Kong is prepared if Sars strikes again

Medical experts pointed to the greater number of respiratory specialists and isolation wards, and the better understanding of how the disease spreads and thrives.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:27am