Hong Kong – CHP announces no new confirmed melioidosis infection cases over past week

CHP announces no new confirmed melioidosis infection cases over past week


     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (November 25) said that no new confirmed melioidosis infection cases had been recorded in the past week (November 19 to 25).

     The Government has earlier gazetted to include melioidosis as a statutorily notifiable infectious disease under Schedule 1 to the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance (Cap. 599). The CHP will continue to work closely with the Hospital Authority to enhance surveillance against melioidosis cases.

     A spokesman for the CHP reiterated that person-to-person transmission and animal-to-human transmission are rare, but melioidosis bacteria can survive in the local environment. Melioidosis is an endemic disease in Hong Kong and melioidosis cases have been recorded in Hong Kong each year. According to literature, infection cases are more common after typhoons or storms. The bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei of melioidosis in soil and muddy water may become exposed to the ground after typhoons or storms, and the bacteria could spread more easily with strong winds or storms. As such, the number of melioidosis cases may increase.

     ​The CHP appealed to members of the public to seek medical advice if they develop symptoms, in particular people with diabetes or other immunocompromised conditions, in order to receive appropriate medical diagnosis and treatment. For more information on melioidosis, please visit the website of the CHP at www.chp.gov.hk/en/healthtopics/content/24/101110.html.

Pirelli Confirmed “S&P Global Gold Class” in Sustainability

Recognition given in context of the Sustainability Yearbook 2022


Pirelli awarded gold again with its confirmation as Gold Class in the Sustainability Yearbook 2022, published by S&P Global and based on the assessment of the sustainability profiles of over 7,500 companies. 

Pirelli obtained “S&P Global Gold Class”. The rankings are prepared each year based on the Corporate Sustainability Assessment for the S&P Global Dow Jones Sustainability indices. In 2021, as already noted, Pirelli was confirmed one of the excellent performers in the Automobiles & Components sector in the context of the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe indices with a score 77 points compared with the sector average of 31.

Marco Tronchetti Provera, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Pirelli, commented: “We are proud to be reconfirmed Gold Class in the Sustainability Yearbook 2022, also the year of Pirelli’s 150th anniversary. This recognition is the result of the commitment of everyone at the company to pursuing a business model based on a growth strategy that is sustainable and long term, with the goal of creating value for all stakeholders.”

Canada – Confirmed finding of African swine fever in Haiti

Ottawa, Ontario

Following the confirmed finding of African swine fever (ASF) in the Dominican Republic in July 2021, ASF has since been confirmed in Haiti.

Today, Canada’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Mary Jane Ireland, reaffirmed the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) support of efforts by the Dominican Republic and Haiti to manage the spread of ASF within their borders.

When ASF was confirmed in the Dominican Republic in July, Canada took immediate action to enhance its vigilance for both the Dominican Republic and Haiti since they share a land border. The CFIA quickly worked with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to strengthen the appropriate border controls for the Caribbean as a whole. This includes enhanced screening of travellers and mail originating from the Caribbean region by CBSA border services officers and detector dog teams. Although Canada does not import pork or pork products from Haiti or the Dominican Republic, CFIA has added them to the listing of countries of concern for ASF in relation to plant-based feed imports to ensure that any livestock feed ingredient imported from these countries meet all required conditions.

There has never been any finding of ASF in Canada or the United States, and we continue to take every necessary precaution to prevent the spread of ASF from affected countries to Canada. This includes the CFIA’s ongoing activities to raise awareness about the risks of introducing ASF into Canada by communicating with travellers through public awareness campaigns and outreach. For example, we are working with airport authorities and airlines to provide information on ASF to international travellers.

The finding of ASF in Haiti highlights the need for ongoing vigilance to prevent the spread of ASF to other regions. We will continue to work with the pork industry and our international trading partners, ensuring high levels of biosecurity to prevent further global spread of ASF. Canada’s prevention efforts are guided by the work laid out in the Framework for the prevention and control of African swine fever developed in collaboration with international trading partners.

ASF is deadly for pigs and would devastate our pork industry, impacting the Canadian economy. Whether you travel for work or pleasure, or work on a farm with pigs, disease prevention and control is everyone’s responsibility.

Quick facts

African swine fever (ASF) cannot be transmitted to humans and it does not pose a risk to food safety. Canadian pork is safe to eat.
ASF is a contagious, fatal swine disease that spreads to pigs through both direct and indirect contact with infected pigs, pork and pork by-products.
There is no treatment or vaccine for ASF.
Canada’s pork industry contributes over 100,000 direct and indirect jobs, mainly in Manitoba, Quebec, and Ontario, and generates approximately $28 billion to the Canadian economy. In 2020, Canada exported 1.49 million tonnes of pork to 95 countries at a total value of over $5 billion.
Canada’s African swine fever Executive Management Board (ASF EMB) brings together federal, provincial, and territorial (FPT) governments and industry representatives to provide guidance and prioritize activities to implement the Pan-Canadian ASF Action Plan, to enhance prevention and preparedness efforts in Canada.

Associated links

OIE Report – ASF in Haiti
African swine fever (CFIA)