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WHO lifts HongKong advisory

The World Health Organization has lifted its SARS-related travel warnings for Hong Kong and China's Guangdong province, as a possible breakthrough in the origin of the virus emerged. It is believed the epidemic originated in Guangdong, and officials praised national health authorities for controlling the outbreak in those areas. Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-Hwa welcomed the lifting of the...

Bird Flu Threat Prompts Tightened Security Across Hong Kong Border

Custom officials in Hong Kong have been put on high alert following the detection of the deadly avian influenza (H5N1) among birds and poultry. // The officials have been instructed to keep a strict vigilance regarding the smuggling of birds and poultry into the territory. ....The proposed move has also strengthened communication with China with respect to illegal trafficking of birds. The healt...

Hong Kong To Implement New Backyard Poultry-Keeping Law

In line with the detection of positive bird flu infection in nearly 8 birds, the Hong Kong Housing Department has announced that any tenant (under the public rental system) in possession of animal or bird without prior consent // would be subjected to legal action, characterized by a deduction of five penalty points. ... ..In addition, those who breach the new law would be required to pay a fine...

Suspected Bird Flu Death Creates Panic In Hong Kong

A man who died on Saturday suspected to be of bird flu has created panic in Hong Kong, which was put on high alert.// ....The 32-year-old man is believed to have contracted the virus while visiting markets in Guangzhou, a busy city in China's Guangdong province, bordering Hong Kong. ....He developed fever and pneumonia on Feb 22 and died within nine days of hospitalisation. ....Many people tr...

Chinese Chickens Banned In Hong Kong

On being confirmed that a 32-year-old man had died of bird flu, Hong Kong banned the imports of live chickens and other pet birds from China. // ..The man is believed to have contracted the virus in Guangzhou, a busy city in the Guangdong province bordering Hong Kong and one of the territory's major poultry suppliers. ..He died Thursday, nine days after being hospitalised after developing fe...

Strict Vigilance against Bird Flu in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Donald Tsang said that the public should be responsible and support all the measures taken by the government to keep the bird flu scare at bay. // ..He asked the public not to worry and that the government is making necessary arrangements to provide timely warnings and emergency tackling plans. ..He said this at the Center for...

Bird Flu Drill Conducted In Two Hong Kong Hospitals

In order to familiarize and improve collaboration regarding the emergency management of patients with infectious disease, more specifically bird flu//, a training program was conducted at two hospitals in Hong Kong. A scenario involving transfer of a suspected case of bird flu from one hospital to the other was simulated. ....The Baptist Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth hospital participated in...

Prevention better than fire-fighting. Hong Kong Beefs Up Precaution Against Bird-Flu

HONG KONG: Hong Kong is taking all precautionary measures against bird-flu, having fully understood the ramifications of the bird-flu crisis on the economic health. After bouncing back with an envious economic health, // a bird-flu crisis is the last thing needed so authorities are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the flu never enters, even by fluke! ....A new central poultry slaughteri...

Hong Kong Citizens Fear over Poisonous Vegetables in Local Markets

Concerns of citizens over the poisonous vegetables found in local markets has paved for the establishment of a voluntary registration system// for local farms. Additionally, supermarket chains in Hong Kong would be required to set up a comprehensive tracking system for farm produce, according to official sources. ..An operational pesticide monitoring system has been pointed out by a Hong Kong's...

Alarming Increase In HIV Infections In Hong Kong

The Hong Kong health authority had announced on Tuesday that the city has experienced a 37% rise in the number of new HIV infections with 89 new cases reported// in the first three months of the year. ....According to the Center for Health Protection under the Department of Health, which filed the statistics on the newly reported HIV cases, 58% were related to sexual contact. Reviewing the AIDS...

Rates Of Breastfeeding Increase In Hong Kong

Hong Kong's Department of Health has announced that the efforts made by it to encourage mothers to breastfeed their babies have been successful //and more and more mothers wanted to give their babies' breast milk. ....The department's Senior Medical and Health Officer Lo Yim-chong said that the rate of breastfeeding in Hong Kong increased to 12 percent in 2004 from 6 percent in 1997. This number...

Influenza Guidelines of Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong applauded by experts

As the world prepares to fight the possible influenza pandemic, public health experts to share the limited antiviral drugs and vaccines with poorer countries// in Asia// have called on wealthier nations. ..Richard Coker and Sandra Mounier-Jack of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine published an article in The Lancet on August 22. They have cautioned that poorer nations may not sha...

British Tourist In Hong Kong Has Mad Cow Disease

A British tourist in Hong Kong is suspected of having the human variety of mad cow disease. The 23-year-old man has not been named and was admitted to a Hog Kong hospital// after he began behaving oddly. Hospital Authority in Hong Kong said the man came to the country on April 4 and was admitted in hospital on April 6. ....The man is of Chinese origin and underwent intestinal surgery earlier. Ho...

Hong Kong - HIV Test Shock Sparks Warning

Hong Kong's Department of Health urges people with history of unprotected sex to have an HIV test, as they fear a rapid local HIV transmission.// The announcement being the first case of such magnitude in the territory. ..Health officials, on Thursday uncovered two clusters of HIV infections, HIV-1 subtype B, turned up during analysis of blood samples by government scientists. They said that bot...

Statistics Show Steep Rise of Female Smokers in Hong Kong

Social change and marketing campaigns by tobacco companies have been blamed for a 45 percent increase in the number of female smokers in the last eight years//, a media report said Monday. ....Figures from Hong Kong's census and statistics department show the number of women smokers jumped from 78,800 in 1998 to 114,300 last year, the South China Morning Post said. ....By comparison, the number...

Ex-Hong Kong Health Chief Favourite For WHO Top Job

Former Hong Kong health director Margaret Chan Tuesday emerged as favourite to become the new director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO). // ....The 60-year-old obstetrician, who led Hong Kong through the 2003 SARS crisis, topped a five-person shortlist of candidates released overnight ahead of a final round of voting in Geneva Wednesday... ..Chan got 32 votes in the first round of v...

Hong Kong to Tighten Food Safety Laws

New food safety laws are to be introduced in Hong Kong following a series of scares over contaminated food from China, officials announced Thursday.// ....The measures will allow the government to force wholesalers and retailers to withdraw food from sale if there are concerns, the territory's minister for health York Chow announced. ....The move comes after scares over fish and eggs imported in...

Hong Kong on Bird Flu Alert

Hong Kong was on bird flu alert Friday after a wild bird found in a busy shopping area was tested positive for the avian flu virus//. ....Officials confirmed Thursday that preliminary testing of a dead bird found in Causeway Bay had indicated it was suspected to have died of H5 avian influenza. ....Further confirmatory tests are being conducted, but officials have stepped up monitoring and prec...

Hong Kong to Charge More Birth Fee on Chinese Women

Hong Kong is to impose a birthing fee of upto $6,150 on women from mainland China crossing the border// to give birth in the city's public hospitals, officials said Monday. ....The fee - expected to be imposed from February - comes after the number of mainland Chinese women giving birth in the city of 6.8 million swelled from a few hundred to more than 10,000 a year. ....Cheung Wai-lun, spokesper...

Expectant Mothers No More Welcome in Hong Kong

The stork is not welcome over Hong Kong anymore. Beginning next month, pregnant women in their third trimester// coming from Mainland China will not be allowed to enter unless they have a scheduled appointment at a hospital in the country. .. The move was made after statistics showed an almost doubling in the rates of deliveries of Mainland Chinese women in Hong Kong. This was from 10,128 in 200...

Baby Affected by H9N2 in Hong Kong

A mild form of avian influenza called the H9N2 infection is reported in a nine month old baby in Hong Kong. Dr. Thomas Tsang, the Controller of the Center// for Health Protection of the Department of Health has confirmed this. This is the first of its kind in the past three years in Hong Kong. ..Tsang said that the baby had fever from March 4 and she was hospitalized on the 6th of March. Subsequ...

Hong Kong, Guangdong Province To Increase Joint HIV/AIDS Surveillance

Hong Kong and China's Guangdong province will increase joint HIV surveillance and prevention efforts, which they began in 2003, to reduce the spread// of the virus after both governments reported record numbers of HIV cases in 2006, China Daily reports. ....According to China Daily, the Hong Kong Department of Health reported 373 new HIV cases last year, an increase of 19% from 313 cases report...

Hong Kong Choked by Growing Pollution Problem

Discarded cigarette packets, McDonald's wrappers and even old socks litter the shores of Lau Fau Shan in Hong Kong's far north, home to what remains of the territory's oyster farming industry. From across the border in China, factories belch smoke into the fetid air over Deep Bay, one of Hong Kong's most polluted stretches of water. ......Ten years after the territory was handed back to the Chi...

Hong Kong Warning on 'unsafe' Toothpaste

Hong Kong on Monday warned the public to stop using three brands of toothpaste containing a potentially dangerous industrial chemical. The customs department said samples contained diethylene glycol (DEG), which prompted an outcry when it was discovered in exports of Chinese toothpaste to Panama. ......The United States has started inspecting Chinese toothpaste imports and Singapore has banned...

New Bird Flu Case in Hong Kong

A dead magpie has tested positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in Hong Kong, agricultural officials said Friday. Authorities said laboratory tests had confirmed that the bird, found dead last week in the rural New Territories area, was infected with the killer strain. ......They warned of personal contact with wild birds and live poultry. It was the 17th wild bird that has been found dead...

Drugs Lure Hong Kong Youth Across China Border

Flash-lit by synchronized lasers, a nightclub heaving with Hong Kong teenagers vibrates to the latest dance hit as a pair cavort on stage dressed in the skimpiest of outfits. ......"Scream louder if you want more," a DJ shouts to the cavernous hall, while on stage the male dancer in low-cut jeans throws his female partner onto his lap in a frenetic routine in time with the music. ......It's a...

Hong Kong Imposes Heavy Fine on Smokers

Legislators on the city's health services panel Friday approved a proposal to impose a 1,500 Hong Kong dollar ($191) fixed fine for anyone who breaches tough new anti-smoking laws . ......They also called for police to be drafted in to back up the teams of tobacco control officers given the responsibility of enforcing the no-smoking policy. ......Smoking was banned in all pubs and restaurants as...

HIV Spreading Rapidly Among Gay Men in Hong Kong

The HIV is spreading rapidly among Hong Kong's gay community as research indicates a rise in the number of men having unsafe sex, officials said Tuesday. ......Profiling of the virus acquired by HIV sufferers has revealed a cluster of cases with similar genetic sequencing which has risen from 34 to 53 cases since October last year. ......Department of Health expert Wong Ka-hing urged people wi...

Hong Kong's Shopping Spree Surges On, and on

Just west of Hong Kong's bustling Tsim Sha Tsui tourist district, bamboo scaffolding stretches like a web over a swathe of reclaimed land surrounded by tower blocks. ......It's a seemingly unpromising piece of real estate, but by the end of this year should be home to a massive new complex devoted to Hong Kong's favourite obsession -- shopping. ......A decade ago when Britain was handing the t...

Designer Bag Launch Causes Shopping Chaos in Hong Kong

A Hong Kong shopping centre was Friday forced to call in police when huge crowds of people, hundreds of whom had queued overnight, demanded to be let in for the launch of a designer bag . ......One police officer estimated that by Friday morning as many as two thousand people were waiting outside Hong Kong's upmarket Landmark centre to buy the creation of British designer Anya Hindmarch. .........
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