03 Jan '12, 9am

Hong Kong government offices hit by deadly bug

Hong Kong government offices hit by deadly bug

HONG KONG: Massive disinfection work was carried out at Hong Kong's new government headquarters Tuesday, after the bacteria of a potentially fatal disease was found and one minister was hospitalised. Health authorities said nine water samples taken from various sites in the buildings, including the chief executive's office, tested positive for Legionella, which causes Legionnaires' disease, a severe form of pneumonia. The checks at the HK$5.5 billion ($708 million) complex in Central, which opened last year, were prompted after the city's Education Minister Michael Suen came down with the potentially fatal illness and was in hospital for nearly two weeks. Suen was discharged last week but the level of Legionella bacteria found in a tap inside his office washroom was about 14 times more than what is considered safe by international standards. Health authorities said Tuesday...

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