Scarlet Fever

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

Probe as scarlet fever kills girl

The Department of Health has launched an investigation after the death of a 14-year-old girl from scarlet fever yesterday. This follows a 10-fold increase last year in the number of children struck down by the potentially fatal bacteria.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Flesh-eating bug death toll hits new high

A deadly flesh-eating disease has killed more people this year than in the past two years combined.

Five people have died from the bacterial disease so far this year compared to one last year and two in 2009, while 16 people had been admitted to public hospitals by the end of June. Over the whole of 2009, there were 11 admissions.

15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

'Deadly' mutant bacteria on loose

Mutated bacteria have been found in dozens of patients suffering from scarlet fever it was revealed last night as the Hospital Authority held an emergency meeting to try to stop the spread of the deadly disease.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

No halt to scarlet fever's spread

The outbreak of scarlet fever that has killed two children in the city stems from the 'massive use' of antibiotics, the city's top microbiologists say.

The warning by Professor Yuen Kwok-yung came as the disease continued to spread yesterday, with another 28 children, aged one to 10, falling ill - the highest daily toll this year.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Gene change behind scarlet fever outbreak

A genetic mutation is the major culprit of this year's historically high infection rate of scarlet fever in Hong Kong, according to University of Hong Kong research.

The disease had become an 'epidemic' in the city, with 419 cases recorded so far this year, said Centre for Health Protection controller Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai.

21 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

City Digest

Body found in ruins of recycling plant after fire

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am