22 Jun '11, 2am

HK declares outbreak of scarlet fever after the death of at least one child and infection of thousands of others

Hong Kong - Hong Kong has declared an outbreak of scarlet fever following the death of at least one child and infection of thousands of others in the city and elsewhere in China. A seven-year-old Hong Kong girl died from the illness last month, while a five-year-old boy in the city died yesterday from what the authorities said was "very likely" a case of scarlet fever. The authorities in Hong Kong have recorded 40 new cases in the past few days, pushing the total to 459 this year, the highest annual total in the city and more than three times the figure for last year. Classes have been suspended at the dead boy's kindergarten for a week, a first for Hong Kong following a scarlet fever death. "The situation is rather serious at the moment," Mr Thomas Tsang, controller of Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection, said yesterday. "We are facing an epidemic because the bacteri...

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