Three hospital patients have deadly superbug Three neurosurgical patients in Queen Mary Hospital are carriers of a drug-resistant superbug, the hospital announced yesterday. A 77-year-old man was first confirmed as a carrier of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) on March 28. Two other patients on the same ward, aged 62 and 75, were later confirmed to be carriers. The three have been placed in isolation. They are in stable condition and showed no signs of infection due to the bacteria. More patients are being screened. Doctors said the bacteria was one of the most deadly, as few antibiotic options remained when patients became resistant to Vancomycin. Patients usually become infected through wounds from intestinal surgery, according to the president of the Medical Association, Tse Hung-hing. Two kidney patients who contracted VRE at Tuen Mun Hospital died in 2001. Lo Wing-lok, an expert in infectious diseases, said: 'Vancomycin is nearly an antibiotic of last resort.' Only one or two antibiotics could be used on patients who are Vancomycin-resistant. Overdose suspected as woman found unconscious in love hotel A man has been arrested after his naked girlfriend was found unconscious in a bathtub, in a suspected drug overdose in a Kowloon Tong love hotel. The construction worker, aged 50 and surnamed Cheung, was arrested on suspicion of possessing an instrument for the purpose of taking drugs, after two sheets of aluminium foil were found in his trouser pocket. He handed over his clothes for tests, a police source said. Last night, the 32-year-old waitress, who has a nine-year-old son, was in critical condition in Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The pair checked in to the hotel in Rutland Quadrant at about 12.30am. The man found her naked and unconscious in the bathtub at about 4.30am. Workers feel the pinch Most logistics workers said their workloads had decreased, a Hong Kong Storehouses, Transportation and Logistics Staff Association survey has found. The group, which polled 680 workers from March 1 to 26, found the trade was suffering due to the economic downturn. Some 98 per cent said the downturn had affected them, 52 per cent said work had been seriously cut, 32 per cent said workloads were reduced. Only 4 per cent said their workloads had increased. Student fined over theft A second-year HKUST student was fined HK$1,000 by Eastern Court for stealing facial cleanser 'for fun and excitement' from City Super in Times Square. Vivian Wong Wing-yan, 20, was observed by a security guard when she slipped the cleanser, worth HK$92, into her bag on February 18. Wong told a psychologist she has contemplated suicide over the incident. The magistrate told Wong's mother to pay more attention to her daughter. Student denies attack A University of Hong Kong student denied in Eastern Court attacking someone at a club at The Galleria in Central last month. Lam Kwan-fai, 22, a first-year accounting and finance student, pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm before Acting Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai. He allegedly assaulted a person, whose identity was unclear, at Club No. 9 on March 22. The case was adjourned to May 19. Lam was released on bail. 12-month bond for stealing bread A third-year Polytechnic University student was placed on a 12-month probation order at Fanling Court for stealing. Tse Wing-lam, 21, a medical laboratory science student, was sentenced by Deputy Magistrate Cheung Kwan-ming for theft for taking one pack of walnut bread worth HK$8.50 from A-1 Bakery Co at Tai Po Mega Mall on February 17. Kindergarten suspends classes Kin Sang Baptist Church Bradbury Preschool in Tuen Mun will suspend classes for two weeks from today for disinfection after 12 pupils fell ill with hand, foot and mouth disease. Mark Six No one won the first prize. The numbers were 7, 13, 20, 33, 39 and 45. The extra number was 30. One ticket won the HK$1,362,650 second prize. Third prize paid HK$37,460.