With vigilance slipping and a hard-pressed health system, is Hong Kong ready for the next deadly epidemic?
Hong Kong is now better equipped in some ways after battling Sars back in 2003, but experts warn of the city losing its vigilance against emerging threats and the dangers of an overwhelmed public health care system.
After the outbreak killed 299 people in the city, the government established the Centre for Health Protection to strengthen surveillance of communicable diseases in communities. Public hospitals also increased the number of designated isolation beds to 1,400, compared with just a handful scattered among various specialties before the epidemic, with 500 available immediately and the rest ready within 72 hours.
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