04 Jan '12, 12pm

Hong Kong probes deadly bug at government offices

Hong Kong probes deadly bug at government offices

HONG KONG: Hong Kong officials said Wednesday the discovery of a bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease at the new government complex was "under control", while it was probing the source of the deadly bug. In a major embarrassment to the city's government, nine water samples taken from various places at the harbourfront complex have been tested positive for Legionella, which causes Legionnaires' disease, a severe form of pneumonia. The findings came after the city's education minister was hospitalised for nearly two weeks due to the potentially fatal disease. The bacteria found in a tap in his office washroom was about 14 times over the acceptable amount. The bug was also found at the offices of the chief executive Donald Tsang and several ministers, as well as at the canteen and a bakery, according to health authorities Tuesday, prompting a major disinfection exercise....

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