False alarm quarantine gives me confidence in Hong Kong's H7N9 preparedness

Officials from the Centre for Food Safety get blood and swab samples from chickens imported from mainland China at a border checkpoint in Hong Kong April 11, 2013. Photo: EPA

These days, if you’ve been in contact with chickens or other birds or been to mainland China in the past few weeks, and you start to feel sick... well, chances are your first thoughts jump to the newest bird flu virus, H7N9.

Tuesday, 23 April, 2013, 11:55am

Girl, 4, isolated amid fears of deadly coronavirus

Ko Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health. Photo: May Tse

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

Early quarantine best way to avert Sars-like outbreak: health chief

Health chief Dr Ko Wing-man acknowledges the overloaded public hospitals are a problem. Photo: May Tse

It was a dreaded scene from years ago: people clad in full protective gear entering and exiting a quarantined hotel in a city caught in the grip of a fatal virus. That scene, which emerged in 2003 and then again in 2009, may return to haunt Hongkongers if another epidemic strikes.

23 Feb 2013 - 4:14am

Discrimination still plagues leprosy victims in mainland China

Many leprosy cases are found in Yunnan province. Photo: Steve Cray

Today is World Leprosy Day, which was established in the 1950s to highlight the plight of millions of people affected by a devastating and disfiguring illness. 

27 Jan 2013 - 5:33am

Animal epidemics escalating

The weak and ill-managed quarantine network is to blame for a rise in animal epidemics, particularly those that can be transmitted to humans, veterinary experts warn.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Food inspections can only go so far

Mainland food scares have so affected perceptions of safety and quality that there are those among us who opt for alternatives when offered a choice. Given that 90 per cent of what we eat comes from across the border, that can sometimes be costly. An electronic system developed in Guangdong to track the supply chain for vegetables is therefore a welcome tool in helping restore confidence.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Time of reckoning for Guangdong vegetables

Hongkongers may be able to check if vegetables from Guangdong are safe to eat by scanning a barcode in the supermarket.

The Guangdong Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, which monitors up to 80 per cent of vegetables sent to the city, has developed an electronic system to trace the supply chain.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Botched goat tests leave 27 students ill

Northeast Agricultural University in Harbin, Heilongjiang has apologised for botched laboratory tests on goats that led to 27 students and one teacher contracting Bang's disease, an infectious disease that can lead to incapacitation and permanent damage to the central nervous system.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Sha Tin's nervous wait for Aussie quarantine verdict

We hope the optimism of Jockey Club officials isn't a case of 'going the early crow' after the visit two weeks ago to Sha Tin by an Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services (AQIS) official.

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Club going extra mile to get Black Caviar

Hong Kong Jockey Club officials met with representatives of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) yesterday as the club tries to nail down quarantine arrangements in order to ensure Black Caviar for the December internationals.

21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Jet Plane back and ready for lift-off, reckons Houdalakis

When J J The Jet Plane arrived back in the South African stables of trainer Lucky Houdalakis, connections weren't counting on ever using the frequent flyer miles he had racked up in the previous year of racing in Dubai and England.

8 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Video boost for vegetable import surveillance

Shenzhen authorities have set up two electronic systems to monitor the safety of vegetables being exported to Hong Kong.

The two systems costing more than a million yuan (HK$1.13 million) were installed after the mainland passed its first food safety law in September.

13 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Big deal

Cathay Pacific's City Chic Peninsula Bangkok package includes return economy flights, afternoon tea for three in the lobby, accommodation for two nights in a Grand Deluxe Room, daily breakfast and daily skytrain passes for HK$2,699 per person.

8 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Stay-at-home tips

A clean living environment is one of the best ways to slow the spread of swine flu. For students who have to stay at home, help out with household chores such as mopping the floor and sterilising the toilet. Afterwards, reward yourself by relaxing on the sofa, reading a novel or watching a DVD.

Wong Yat-hei

22 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Disco Bay residents plead for information

Some Discovery Bay residents have complained about a lack of information after two swine flu cases were confirmed in Crestmont Villa.

The two cases were siblings and had no recent travel history, according to the Centre for Health Protection.

19 Jun 2009 - 12:00am