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GBA rule of law action plan released

The Action Plan on the Construction of Rule of Law in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has been released, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced today.   Secretary for Justice Paul Lam explained that the action plan has two intentions, namely to underpin the guiding principle of “Three Interfaces, Two Connects & One Greater Bay Area”, and strengthen collaboration with the legal and dispute resolution sectors and other stakeholders to effectively implement policy measures set out in the plan.   Through mechanisms, regulatory frameworks and talent – the “three interfaces” – the DoJ said it will promote hardware and software connectivity in constructing rule of law in the bay area, co-operation between the various cities according to their respective strengths, and collaboration between different legal systems, thereby eventually achieving the goal of “one Greater Bay Area”.   Deputy Secretary for Justice Cheung Kwok-kwan, who is also the leading Hong Kong

HK logs 1st human B virus case

The Centre for Health Protection today said it recorded the first human case of B virus, also known as the herpes simiae virus, and urged the public to refrain from touching or feeding wild monkeys to minimise the risk of contracting the virus.


The centre is investigating the case, which involves a 37-year-old man with good past health, who had contact with wild monkeys and was wounded by them during a visit to Kam Shan Country Park in late February.


The man was admitted to Yan Chai Hospital through the accident and emergency department on March 21 with a fever and decreased conscious level. He is receiving treatment at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and is in a critical condition.


The man's cerebrospinal fluid specimen tested positive for B virus by the centre's laboratory today.


While this is the first case recorded in Hong Kong, the centre said cases were reported in other places such as the US, Canada, the Mainland and Japan, and were mainly caused by monkey bites or scratches, adding that human-to-human transmission is very rare.


It also explained that the B virus is naturally carried in the saliva, urine and stool of macaques - a type of wild monkey commonly found in Hong Kong. An infected person may initially present with flu-like symptoms that may progress to infection of the central nervous system.


The centre urged people to stay away from wild monkeys and wash any wounds caused by them with running water and seek medical attention immediately.

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