Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

A decade on from Sars: Torment of the first patient

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

While most people's memories of the 2002-03 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome - which killed 774 people worldwide - are fading, people like Huang Xingchu are still living with its legacy every day.

Monday, 1 April, 2013, 5:06am

Ten years on - the mental and physical scars of Sars

Hygiene officers place rat traps around Amoy Gardens in April 2003 in an effort to determine whether the rodents contributed to the Sars outbreak. Photo: Martin Chan

Ten years ago today, residents of Amoy Gardens in Hong Kong woke up to find their homes were on the front pages of newspapers around the world.

1 Apr 2013 - 4:08am

Sars-linked virus may have spread between people

A British Health Protection Agency image of a coronavirus, part of a family of viruses that cause Sars, first identified last year in the Middle East. Photo: AP

British officials say a mysterious virus related to Sars may have spread between humans, as they confirmed the 11th case worldwide of the new coronavirus in a patient who they say probably caught it from a family member.

13 Feb 2013 - 10:56pm

Rising from adversity: Timing was crucial in building Sandeep Sekhri's empire

Sandeep Sekhri

Timing has played a crucial role in restaurateur Sandeep Sekhri's success. The managing director of Dining Concepts has established 19 restaurants in 10 years, including Lupa and Carnevino with celebrity chef Mario Batali.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:21pm

New Sars-like virus detected in Middle East

British health authorities have alerted the UN of a new respiratory virus in a severely ill patient from Qatar.

The man was sickened by a coronavirus, which causes most common colds but also causes Sars, or severe acute respiratory syndrome. In 2003, Sars killed hundreds of people, mostly in Asia, in a short-lived outbreak.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Wen letter gladdens Sars-struck estate

A housing estate badly hit by Sars in 2003 received a pleasant surprise from Beijing yesterday - a hand-written letter signed by Premier Wen Jiabao.

Residents at Amoy Gardens in Kwun Tong - which hosted the premier in June 2003 soon after the severe acute respiratory syndrome broke out in the city - said last month that they would be happy to receive him again.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sars story lands website boss in labour camp

Baoding police in Hebei have sent a website owner to labour camp for two years for spreading a rumour about a case of severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) at a military hospital.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Hong Kong's Air Pollution Index is shamefully misleading

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

What Sherlock Holmes can teach HK about pollution

Anyone who has read much English fiction from the late 19th or early 20th centuries will have come away with a powerful impression of London as a city shrouded in impenetrable, dank gloom.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

My wife has forgiven me

Henry Tang Ying-yen, former top civil servant and probable candidate for chief executive, on the marital infidelity story that just won't go away

That money [reserves] has been set aside for an Armageddon scenario, like we faced during Sars

Trevor Gregory, chairman of the HK Rugby Football Union

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

New film brings back Sars memories

The portrayal of Hong Kong as a disease-stricken city in a star-studded Hollywood blockbuster movie which opens in the city this week may get the cash rolling in at the box office, but how it will promote 'Asia's World City' is debatable.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

'Sars hero' voted most popular

Chinese University vice-chancellor, Professor Joseph Sung Jao-yiu, tops the rankings as the most popular head of the city's universities. Sung (right) took over from economist Lawrence Lau Juen-yee on July 1 last year. He edged out the poll's 2010 winner, University of Hong Kong's Professor Tsui Lap-chee.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Appeal court upholds Sars date

The Court of Appeal has upheld that March 27, 2003, should be recognised as the date for the outbreak of Sars in a case where New World Development sued a number of insurers for losses of tens of millions of dollars at its hotels.

9 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Lessons to be learned over swine-flu vaccine

It is unusual to see the global pharmaceutical industry making windfall profits from a product that few wanted or needed without being criticised and governments not having to explain a waste of billions of taxpayers' money. But this is what happened with the swine-flu vaccine. Supplies rushed out to catch up with global demand are now being destroyed as stockpiles reach their use-by dates.

3 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Royston Tan - 12 of the Decade

Singaporean director Royston Tan has proved his versatility with a diverse range of feature films. But it's with his even more disparate short films that Tan made his name. Since Remain in 1995 Tan, 33, has made more than 30 shorts and music videos, and the variety of his work is on display at the InDPanda International Short Film Festival.

2 Sep 2010 - 12:00am