Workers sprayed disinfectant at a construction site in Pak Tin Estate, Sham Shui Po, after four soil samples tested positive for the bacterium that causes melioidosis. Photo: Yik Yeung-man
Workers sprayed disinfectant at a construction site in Pak Tin Estate, Sham Shui Po, after four soil samples tested positive for the bacterium that causes melioidosis. Photo: Yik Yeung-man

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Melioidosis outbreak in Hong Kong: where is it coming from and how can you protect yourself?

  • An unusually high number of melioidosis cases has been reported in city since August, with a cluster in Sham Shui Po district
  • So far 34 cases have been recorded in Hong Kong and authorities have plans and strategies to contain the spread

Workers sprayed disinfectant at a construction site in Pak Tin Estate, Sham Shui Po, after four soil samples tested positive for the bacterium that causes melioidosis. Photo: Yik Yeung-man
Workers sprayed disinfectant at a construction site in Pak Tin Estate, Sham Shui Po, after four soil samples tested positive for the bacterium that causes melioidosis. Photo: Yik Yeung-man
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