Figures from overseas health authorities show more than 23,000 measles cases have been recorded this year in the Philippines – home to about half of Hong Kong’s 385,000 migrant domestic workers. Photo: Winson Wong

New domestic helpers coming to Hong Kong should be made to prove they are vaccinated against measles, health experts say

  • Top microbiologist from University of Hong Kong says government must do more as number of measles cases reported in city already double the whole of 2018
  • Private measles vaccine costs HK$300 to HK$600 – impossible for helpers to afford, says Dr Ho Pak-leung, but labour chief rules out subsidised vaccinations
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Figures from overseas health authorities show more than 23,000 measles cases have been recorded this year in the Philippines – home to about half of Hong Kong’s 385,000 migrant domestic workers. Photo: Winson Wong
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Cathay Pacific says any workers who feel unwell should stay home. Photo: Winson Wong

Aviation authority investigates why Cathay Pacific allowed pilot with measles to fly seven times in four days as Hong Kong tackles growing outbreak of the disease

  • City has recorded a five-year high of 20 measles cases so far this year, five of which involve airport and airline staff
  • Civil Aviation Department says it is seeking answers from Cathay after it emerged Hong Kong-based pilot with symptoms flew from March 13 to 16
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Cathay Pacific says any workers who feel unwell should stay home. Photo: Winson Wong
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