Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus

Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy Viking

Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am

Animal epidemics escalating

The weak and ill-managed quarantine network is to blame for a rise in animal epidemics, particularly those that can be transmitted to humans, veterinary experts warn.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

How to take off from HK with your pet aboard

Travelling overseas from Hong Kong with a dog is relatively easy as the city has been rabies-free for about 25 years.

14 Jan 2012 - 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

Farmers tell of tick menace that stole wives

They are everywhere in the countryside, says 73-year-old farmer Zeng Guangyuan, but you barely notice them unless you suddenly feel itchy and look down to find them sucking your blood.

14 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Flu breakthrough sows vital seeds for future

Since the first bird flu outbreak in 1997 and the Sars crisis in 2003, Hong Kong scientists have done a phenomenal job in leading the world in understanding and fighting the deadly diseases. Largely thanks to their work, our city's bio-defences have been if not impregnable, at least highly effective.

2 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Clarification required on central slaughtering

Banning the sale of live poultry in our markets, and moving to a system of central slaughtering, has long been viewed as a necessary step to protect our community from deadly infectious diseases. It has been on the agenda for years, but has repeatedly been delayed. Now, a consultant commissioned by the government has concluded that such a scheme would not be financially viable.

14 May 2010 - 12:00am

New name for slice of Sars history

Sars has gone, and so has the ward where the killer virus first became embedded in Hong Kong before spreading to the rest of the city in 2003.

8 Feb 2010 - 12:00am


HK should be manufacturing flu vaccine

16 May 2009 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 What did health authorities recommend to prevent Sars?

a. stay away from cockroaches

b. avoid owls

c. wash your hands

d. wear masks all the time

2 What is another name for the swine flu?

a. Sars

b. A/H1N1

11 May 2009 - 12:00am

Anxiety sweeps through city as first H1N1 case confirmed

Anxiety swept through the city yesterday as the first confirmed influenza A (H1N1) case in Hong Kong revived the spectre of Sars.

2 May 2009 - 12:00am

Sars stands us in good stead for new test

Swine flu has put the world on alert. Governments are working around the clock on how best to confront the disease - even if it just means buying time for scientists to produce vaccines. Meanwhile, the rest of the global community is increasingly nervous.

2 May 2009 - 12:00am

HK well placed to wage war on flu outbreak

The number of deaths from swine flu in Mexico is rising and people the world over are increasingly coming down with the disease. In Hong Kong, our experts and officials are careful in choosing their words in describing what has happened. Those developments, they say, are 'very likely' the signs of the beginning of a pandemic. Their message is: don't panic, but be prepared for the worst.

28 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Mystery illness baffling

Health authorities in the southwest province of Yunnan are baffled by an outbreak of a mysterious illness which has already left one person dead and nine others in hospital.

The outbreak took place in Lanping county, Yunnan, on February 18, the Yunnan Daily reported yesterday.

2 Mar 2009 - 12:00am