From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Fri 11 Apr 2003 - 14:07:52 GMT

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    Here are some headines and summaries that might provide some insight on how the SARS problem is being handled in Hongkong. Keep in mind that HK is a couple of decades ahead of the mainland in handling such things. The mainland authorities usually go into denial first and trying to solve the problem only when it becomes too large to ignore.

    Friday, April 11, 2003

    Home isolation' ordered

    The Hong Kong government yesterday ordered the virtual house arrest of 150 family members of infected Sars patients. The number of cases in the city reached two shy of 1,000 and three more people died in the five-week-old outbreak. (Full Story)

    Shenzhen teacher had been in HK

    The American teacher from Shenzhen who died two days ago in Hong Kong of atypical pneumonia during an emergency cross-border transfer is believed to have visited the Metropole Hotel - "ground zero" in the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak. (Full Story)

    Mainland officials deny hiding the true figures

    Mainland health officials yesterday denied allegations that they have not fully disclosed statistics on the full extent of the atypical pneumonia crisis on the mainland.

         Medics study use of Chinese medicine to treat Sars

    Medics are to look at whether traditional Chinese medicine can be used to help contain the atypical pneumonia outbreak.

    Legal snag delays Sars list

    A government plan to list all Hong Kong buildings with residents infected with Sars was held up by legal problems last night, the South China Morning Post has learned.

         The data they didn't want to release

    The decision to release details of where Sars cases are emerging around Hong Kong follows repeated refusals by health officials to give breakdowns of its figures.

    Sewage link to virus is confirmed

    The virus that causes atypical pneumonia has been found in basins and toilets in Block E of Amoy Gardens, convincing investigators that the building's clogged sewerage system is the main reason for the virus' rapid spread.

         He lost his father to Sars. Now Mickey, 6, is quarantined alone

    teacher James Salisbury has left four young children without a father and piled another tragedy on the shoulders of his widow in the United States.

    Infected HK air traveller sparks global search for passengers

    A global search has been launched for passengers who shared any of the seven European flights two weeks ago with a Hong Kong businessman who turned out to be carrying the Sars virus.

         Tough times require tough measures, says health minister

    Health minister Yeoh Eng-kiong was keeping his fingers crossed as he announced tougher measures to help contain the spread of atypical pneumonia.

    Worries over pneumonia lead economists to cut forecasts

    Hong Kong's economy will grow 2.2 per cent in the second quarter, according to a forecast released yesterday by the Better Hong Kong Foundation, a business-oriented think-tank. But the group said it had to lower its forecast by nearly a third, from 3 per cent, for the April to June period because of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars).

         Fleeing residents spread the virus

    Amoy Gardens residents were yesterday blamed for spreading Sars to seven people on the mainland by crossing the border after the initial outbreak at the Kowloon housing estate.

    30 infected at public estate

    Thirty people on a Kowloon Bay housing estate near the infected Amoy Gardens complex have been struck down by Sars, sparking fears of a second outbreak similar to that which led to the quarantining of an entire apartment block.

         Cockroaches join cats and rats on Block E's line-up of suspects

    First it was rats. Then a pet cat was in the frame. Now cockroaches are suspected of spreading the Sars virus.

    China defends its handling of the crisis

    China yesterday defended its handling of the Sars crisis, saying it had acted "responsibly".

         Malaysia bans visas for mainlanders as toll rises

    Malaysia has become the first country to stop issuing visas to mainland travellers in response to the atypical pneumonia outbreak.

    Pneumonia prompts developers to cut rents

    Major property developers in Hong Kong are poised to grant rent reductions of up to 40 per cent to commercial tenants whose businesses have been severely hit by the atypical pneumonia outbreak.

         Intensive-care death rate may soar, warns expert

    Up to four out of 10 Sars patients admitted to intensive-care wards could die if Hong Kong's hospitals continue to fill with victims of the virus, a leading doctor warned yesterday.

    No paid leave for medics over 13 weeks pregnant

    Medical staff more than 13 weeks pregnant will not be granted paid leave despite the risk of becoming infected with atypical pneumonia.

         Hospitals planning for 3,000 Sars cases

    Hong Kong hospitals are preparing for a worst-case scenario under which they will be filled with 3,000 atypical pneumonia patients by the end of this month.

    Untreated patients escalating virus risk

    Patients who have shown mild Sars symptoms but not been treated could still spread the virus and extend the outbreak even further, doctors warned yesterday.


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