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CHP investigates probable case of botulism

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CHP investigates probable case of botulism
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CHP investigates probable case of botulism

2024-06-14 18:30 Last Updated At:06-15 01:46

Investigation of probable botulism case in hong kong after botulinum toxin injections in zhuhai: public reminded to only seek treatment from registered doctors

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (June 14) investigating a probable case of botulism after receiving injections of botulinum toxin in Zhuhai. The CHP again reminded the public that botulinum toxin injections should only be prescribed and performed by registered doctors.

The case involves a female patient aged 57 with good past health. She has presented with symptoms including slurred speech and swallowing difficulty since May 18, and ptosis since May 19. She attended the Accident and Emergency Department of Queen Mary Hospital and was admitted for treatment on May 22, but was discharged against medical advice on the same day. She was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital again on May 23 due to increased slurred speech and swallowing difficulties and was discharged after treatment on May 25. The patient attended the Accident and Emergency Department of Tseung Kwan O Hospital on June 2 due to shortness of breath, choking and limb weakness. She was admitted on the same day and transferred to the Intensive Care Unit for further management on June 5. She is now in critical condition. The clinical diagnosis was suspected iatrogenic botulism.

Initial investigations revealed that the patient received botulinum toxin injectionsat a beauty parlour in Zhuhai on April 27 and May 15. The CHP has reported the case to the relevant authority of the Mainland. Epidemiological investigations are ongoing.

"In Hong Kong, Botulinum toxin injections should only be performed by a locally registered doctor. Customers should verify the doctor's full name against thelist of registered doctorsof the Medical Council of Hong Kong as well as their professional qualifications and relevant experience. When receiving injections outside Hong Kong, pay special attention to ensure the provider is qualified or registered with relevant jurisdictions for practice. In case of injections obtained from suspicious sources, refrain from receiving them. If feeling unwell, seek medical advice from eligible medical professionals as soon as possible," a spokesman for the DH said.

Due to the weakening of associated muscles and the fact that botulinum toxin may spread and affect other areas beyond the injection site, affected patients may have drooping of the eyelids, double vision or blurred vision, problems with chewing, hoarseness or even difficulties in swallowing, speaking or breathing, which may happen hours, days or weeks after the injection.

The DH urged the public to observe the health advice below before receiving botulinum toxin injections:

The public may visit the DH's webpage on thedifferentiation between medical procedures and beauty services, theDrug Databaseof the Drug Office and the CHP'sbotulism pagefor more information.

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Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena

In recognition of the outstanding research and development (R&D) achievements of Hong Kong's talent in the field of innovation and technology (I&T) on the Mainland and overseas in the past year, the Innovation and Technology Commission organised the Reception for I&T Awards 2024 today (July 15). With the theme of "Hong Kong's Innovation and Technology Achievements Shine in International Arena", the reception gathered more than 300 representatives from the local I&T sector, including academics, scientists, and representatives of institutes and government departments who were commended for bringing glory to Hong Kong by showcasing Hong Kong's I&T strengths and telling Hong Kong's good stories to the world. The reception is also one of the events for celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 27th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Addressing the reception, the Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, congratulated the award winners and said that their remarkable achievements not only reflected the international recognition of Hong Kong's R&D outcomes, but also exemplified the profound strength of Hong Kong's I&T sector, laying a solid foundation for developing the city as an international I&T centre with the support of the National 14th Five-Year Plan.

He added that the award-winning individuals and teams straddle various sectors, including the Government and industry, academic and research sectors, covering fields such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, medical science, green technology, polymer science, electronic and electrical engineering, and architectural engineering, which demonstrated Hong Kong's fervent I&T atmosphere. The Government will continue to promote full co-operation with all sectors to boost I&T development in Hong Kong, and support the industry to achieve greater success in the future.

In the past year, representatives from Hong Kong have stood out in a number of I&T competitions or exhibitions globally and on the Mainland, including the Edison Awards 2024, the 2023 R&D 100 Awards and the 49th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (the Exhibition). The Hong Kong delegation won a record high number of over 350 prizes at the Exhibition where government departments performed tremendously, with the Hong Kong Police Force and the Hong Kong Fire Services Department receiving Gold Medals with Congratulations of the Jury.

Moreover, local scholars and scientists received a number of globally renowned individual awards and made significant contributions to the country, with their achievements in respective R&D expertise areas fully acknowledged, including the following:

  • Sir Sze-yuen Chung Professor in Precision Engineering and Director of Research Centre for Deep Space Explorations of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Yung Kai-leung, led a space instruments development team to participate in various national space missions, including developing and manufacturing the "Surface Sampling and Packing System"for the Chang'e-6 to assist the nation in completing the world's first lunar far-side sampling mission;
  • Honorary Professor, Department of Pathology of School of Clinical Medicine at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, Professor Mak Tak-wah, won the William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Basic & Tumor Immunology;
  • Associate Dean (Research) of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Dennis Lo, given the Jiménez Díaz Commemorative Lecture Award;
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Vice-President and Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation Professor of Clinical Oncology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Anthony Chan, given the European Society for Medical Oncology Lifetime Achievement Award;
  • Dr William M W MongProfessor of Nanoscience and Chair Professor of Physics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Professor Dai Xi, given the State Natural Science Award (First Class) and Tan Kah Kee Science Award in Mathematics & Physics;
  • Chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering of the Chinese University of Hong Kong,

    Professor Liao Wei-hsin, given the 2023 Leonardo Da Vinci Award;

  • Choh-Ming LiProfessor of Medicine and Therapeutics, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics at the Faculty of Medicine of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Francis Chan, given the 15th Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Prize;
  • Professor of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong, Professor Hu Jinlian, given the 15th Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Prize;
  • Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong, Professor Anderson Shum, given the 15th Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Prize; and

  • Choh-Ming Li Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics and Assistant Dean (Mainland Affairs) at the Faculty of Medicine of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Yu Jun, given the Wu Jiepeng -Paul Janssen Medical and Pharmaceutical Award.
  • By showcasing some of the award-winning research and inventions, the reception not only demonstrates Hong Kong's remarkable I&T achievements, but also provides a platform to stimulate interaction and experience sharing among attendees on their R&D breakthroughs.

    The Government has been actively fostering the development of the I&T industry. The Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau launched the Hong Kong I&T Development Blueprint in 2022 to lay a solid foundation for Hong Kong to develop into an international I&T centre, and to encourage a vibrant environment for R&D and promote commercialisation of R&D outcomes through various measures, including the launching of the InnoHK research clusters, the Research, Academic and Industry Sectors One-plus (RAISe+) Scheme and the New Industrialisation Acceleration Scheme, with an aim to promote Hong Kong's high-quality economic development and accelerate the development of new quality productive forces.

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

    Hong Kong R&D achievements shine at international I&T arena Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

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