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Viral Diseases

Woman with Japanese encephalitis improves

The condition of a 20-year-old Tin Shui Wai woman with Japanese encephalitis improved from serious to stable yesterday, but her neighbours called for the hygiene department to step up mosquito controls.

Saturday, 7 July, 2012, 12:00am

Deadly kidney disease in cats linked to dog virus

A virus similar to one that commonly kills dogs may also be shortening the legendary nine lives of cats.

Hong Hong researchers say they have found the virus in stray cats suffering from a fatal kidney inflammation and plan further tests to see if the virus causes the symptoms.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Cancer-causing virus found in public areas

A virus that can cause warts and more serious diseases has been found on escalator handrails, lift buttons and door handles in several busy districts of the city, according to a study released yesterday by the Society of Physicians of Hong Kong.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Rubella outbreak halts church services

A hotel in Causeway Bay has cancelled church services held on its premises catering to Indonesian domestic helpers after an outbreak of rubella or German measles.

'The Regal Hotel cancelled our services at their venue,' said Pastor Yohanes Johni-Fayersz of the Bethany International Church.

The church has yet to find an another venue.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

HK rubella outbreak traced to church service

Health authorities yesterday traced a suspected outbreak of rubella, or German measles, to a church service that is attended mostly by Indonesian domestic helpers, held at a hotel in Causeway Bay.

The Department of Health said three Indonesian helpers, aged 27, 32 and 34, developed symptoms between October 5 and 7.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Washing hands could save lives

Saturday was Global Handwashing Day, and the Hong Kong Committee for Unicef used the occasion to remind people of the healthy habit.

Washing hands with soap before eating or handling food and after using the bathroom is a good way to fight childhood infections, which are entering their peak season now.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Scarlet fever feared to have killed second child

Scarlet fever is suspected to have claimed the life of a second child yesterday as the number of recorded cases soared to nearly double the previous high.

It would be the first time two deaths from scarlet fever have occurred in a year in Hong Kong since the present disease notification system began in 1997.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Cruz furious as horse held on virus fears

Top stayer California Memory, sprinter Sacred Kingdom and two of the English visitors to last Sunday's Singapore International Airlines Cup are stranded in the Lion City pending further tests after three of them showed adverse reactions to screening tests for the deadly Nipah virus.

27 May 2011 - 12:00am

Doctor critical after fainting at work

A junior doctor at Queen Elizabeth Hospital is in critical condition after collapsing at work.

The woman, who was on overnight shift at the Orthopaedics and Traumatology Department, fainted in the hospital's on-call room at about midnight. She is now in intensive care.

6 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Chickenpox cases head for new record

The number of chickenpox cases last month hit a three-year high with 958 recorded, taking the total so far this year to 8,177. The figures for the same month last year and in 2008 were 319 and 657 respectively. The number of cases for this year, up until the end of last month, have already surpassed that for the whole of last year (6,777), and are set to break 2008's record of 8,927.

24 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Wife and two sons got dengue fever in city

The wife and two sons of a man from Deep Water Bay, who became the first person in seven years to contract dengue fever locally, have been confirmed as also having contracted the disease in Hong Kong.

1 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

3 more suspected dengue fever cases reported

Hong Kong has three more suspected cases of dengue fever after the family members of a 46-year-old Caucasian man confirmed with the disease tested positive for it.

25 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Investigation into dengue fever

24 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Henan tick-bite victims clear of deadly virus

Mainland researchers have isolated a new strain of virus from tick-bite patients in Henan, but even though it's from a deadly viral family they found it to be exceptionally benign.

14 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Disease peaks early

Officials say the spread of infection from enterovirus 71 (EV 71) peaked earlier than expected this year, but warn that the worst is not over.

31 May 2010 - 12:00am