City Digest

Fifth person this month dies collecting clams

Saturday, 23 June, 2012, 12:00am

Hospital superbug spreading faster

A deadly superbug usually associated with hospitals is spreading fast in the community and becoming more resistant to drugs, health chiefs say.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The deadly threat facing elderly poor

Hong Kong may be one of the healthiest of Asia's crowded cities. But an ageing population and a growing rich-poor gap pose a new threat and sustain an old one.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Transparency key to superbug fight

The threat to public health posed by antibiotic-resistant superbug infections is one of the most serious facing the world today. It has already killed hundreds of patients in our city's hospitals. Figures revealed by this newspaper show that Hong Kong has a problem which requires urgent attention.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

Only four hospitals out of 15 hit superbug target

A vast gulf exists between the city's best and worst-performing hospitals in the fight against deadly superbug blood infections.

Among the 15 public hospitals that provide acute services, the worst performer by far was Ruttonjee and Tan Shiu Kin Hospitals, which recorded 37 infections in 2010.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

Transparency the key in fight against superbugs

The fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs is not just a matter for hospitals, but all of us in Hong Kong. We have a serious problem on our hands and it can only be properly dealt with through broad community support. The Hospital Authority's decision to regularly release information about serious infections is a firm step in that direction.

11 May 2011 - 12:00am

Superbug figures to be released by public hospitals

Hong Kong public hospitals will start releasing information about severe superbug infections regularly, a step which experts had urged as essential for improving hospitals' performance in preventing disease spread.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

30pc given antibiotics in public hospitals

Thirty per cent of patients admitted to public hospitals are given antibiotics, a Hospital Authority audit shows.

A third of these are given two types of antibiotics. And 3 per cent of all patients suffer various kinds of infections after admission.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Hospitals fight new superbug after global alert

Reacting to a global alert, Hong Kong public hospitals declared war on a new superbug that resists an important 'big gun' antibiotic.

All public hospitals started yesterday to screen inpatients who have been treated at overseas hospitals in the previous six months. Patients carrying the bacteria will be isolated and treated, and contacts traced.

2 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Superbug cases heading for record

The number of people infected by the drug-resistant superbug MRSA is heading for a record this year, according to the Centre for Health Protection.

Last month, 50 people went down with community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), bringing the total so far this year to 341.

15 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Hospitals to get rules for drug-resistant germs

Public hospitals across the city are adopting for the first time a unified set of guidelines on treating drug- resistant superbugs, as a top doctor warned that some bacteria were developing greater resistance.

31 Aug 2010 - 12:00am


Should the smoking ban be delayed?

I do not wish to pour cold water or scorn on the views of others regarding the current smoking legislation, a debate I have probably been too vocal on already.

4 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Battle against superbug should be stepped up

Hong Kong's public hospitals have policies and procedures to prevent infections from being picked up during stays or visits. Sars and bird flu taught us the need for robust cleanliness, isolation of patients and transparency. It is a lesson that seems not to have been learned well enough, given the continued prevalence of the drug-resistant superbug commonly known as MRSA.

29 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Sharp rise in cases of killer superbug

Infection will spread, official warns

Drug-resistant superbugs that killed a patient last year have taken root in the city and will continue to spread, a senior health official has warned.

19 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Man with drug-resistant bug dies

The Centre for Health Protection is investigating the death of a man who had been infected with a drug-resistant strain of the bug commonly known as golden staph.

The man, 50, was infected with community-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), a form of the bacterium caught outside hospital settings.

7 Jan 2009 - 12:00am