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Tropical Diseases


It may not seem to have a nose, but a mosquito has an extraordinary sense of smell, which gives it the uncanny ability to find and bite us.

Tuesday, 17 July, 2012, 12:00am

Cheap malaria drug hope for millions

A team of Shanghai-based scientists say they have discovered a novel method of developing anti-malaria drugs far more cheaply and on a much larger scale, with the potential to benefit hundreds of millions of patients, especially those in Africa.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Lifeblood by Alex Perry Audible (audiobook)

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Volunteers vow to rid mainland of trachoma

Lions Clubs International yesterday announced an ambitious plan to eliminate trachoma from the mainland by 2016.

The international volunteer organisation pledged US$2.7 million for its SightFirst China Action project, which will fund the third stage of its campaign to combat the highly contagious but preventable disease which can cause blindness.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Migration complicates fight against malaria

China may not be able to eradicate malaria by a commitment date of 2020 as more people flow into the country, experts said before National Malaria Day today.

The mainland has made progress in reducing the number of malaria cases - from 30 million in the early 1950s, to 24 million in the '70s, to 7,433 last year, according to the Ministry of Health's website.

26 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Mosquito alert issued

A mosquito alert was issued yesterday following an increase in the monthly average ovitrap index from 2.9 per cent in April to 11.8 per cent in May. The index reflects prevalence of Aedes albopictus, which can spread dengue fever.

17 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Legislators pass motion calling for abolition of levy on maids

1 May 2008 - 12:00am

City on alert for outbreak

Hong Kong is bracing for a potential outbreak of dengue fever following recent cases in neighbouring Macau and southern China.

Of 45 people who have come down with dengue fever this year after going overseas, four had spent time in Macau. The latest case involved a 45-year-old Tsing Yi man who was in Macau from August 20 to September 17.

3 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Battle of the bitten

Jakarta's foremost dengue fever expert, H. Nazir, said he once had dengue haemorrhagic fever - and it was bad. He was fighting for his life after his blood platelet count - needed for clotting - dropped to critically low levels.

3 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Tourists warned over dengue as Indonesia struggles with disease

Indonesian health authorities have warned Hong Kong tourists to guard against mosquito bites, as the country continues to battle a two-year-old outbreak of dengue fever.

9 Sep 2007 - 12:00am