Long before the H7N9 novel coronavirus emerged in the mainland, University of Hong Kong microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung, along with other researchers, warned the world that if another Sars-like pandemic struck, the disease would likely come from an animal. Some even went as far as to pinpoint the bird as a carrier.Monday, 22 April, 2013, 4:52am
Before Sars struck in 2003, few people paid much heed to microbiologists. While they toiled away over Petri dishes in obscurity, it was the frontline medics who claimed the glory. But by the time the epidemic ended, microbiologists such as Professor Yuen Kwok-yung were heroes for helping to come up with a solution to rid the city of the disease. Never again would Hongkongers ignore the significance of laboratory work to examine microscopic organisms that can have a devastating effect.20 Feb 2013 - 5:41am
The microbiologist whose crucial work helped Hong Kong deflect a series of infectious disease threats says the city's over-reliance on antibiotics is behind the deadly scarlet fever outbreak that has killed two children and made hundreds ill.23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
A probe into the deaths of three children with flu-like symptoms that led to a citywide closure of schools last month has been completed and a report is expected in about two weeks.
Yuen Kwok-yung, who heads an investigating panel, said yesterday it had completed its work. A report could be released in one to two weeks, pending legal formalities, Professor Yuen said.5 Apr 2008 - 12:00am
Virus claim disputes the popular theory
A US study on the evolution of Sars has challenged a popular hypothesis established by Hong Kong and mainland scientists that the deadly virus was passed to humans by civet cats.22 Feb 2008 - 12:00am
Monitoring of diseases on the mainland may be easier for the World Health Organisation (WHO) if its top post is held by a person with a strong Chinese background, say Hong Kong doctors.26 Jul 2006 - 12:00am
Bats common in Hong Kong carry a virus that could trigger a Sars-like epidemic, an academic has warned.
The head of Hong Kong University's microbiology department, Yuen Kwok-yung, yesterday urged Chinese medicine practitioners to take precautions when handling Chinese horseshoe bats and their faeces, which are often used to treat asthma and kidney diseases.11 Sep 2005 - 12:00am
The head of the Centre for Health Protection's scientific committee on emerging and zoonotic diseases says his role is purely about science and nothing to do with politics.
Professor Yuen Kwok-yung (right), chair professor of microbiology at the University of Hong Kong, says the new centre will better protect Hong Kong against outbreaks of infectious diseases.27 Oct 2004 - 12:00am
Poultry trade representatives yesterday protested against a microbiology professor for claiming that eating live chickens processed by wet markets led to higher risks of salmonella deaths in Hong Kong.29 Jun 2004 - 12:00am
'There were clearly significant shortcomings of system performance during the early days of the epidemic... The committee has not found any individual deemed to be culpable of negligence, lack of diligence or maladministration.' Sars report3 Oct 2003 - 12:00am