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Hong Kong snapshots infectious diseases trends:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Hong Kong's Department of Health (DH) has reported 74 new cases of HIV in the fourth quarter of 2002, bringing the cumulative total to 2,015. During the same period, 10 cases of AIDS (totalling 613 since 1985) were reported, most commonly presenting with infections by Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Earlier this month, Hong Kong published a topical health report on infectious diseases trends between 1946 and 2001. Dengue fever - a threat due to the endemicity of the Aedes albopictus mosquito vector - and tuberculosis are among the diseases being tackled most strongly and with significant success, but which require further concerted efforts to control, said DH community medicine consultant Dr Tsang Ho-fai, at the official launch of the report.

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