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SARS - Seventh Hong Kong Health Worker Dies of Disease

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HONG KONG (AFX-ASIA) - A seventh helth worker has died of SARS, raising the death toll in the city from the deadly respiratory disease to 279 from 1,740 cases, the Hospital Authority said.

Wong Kang-tai, a 58-year-old ward attendant at Prince of Wales Hospital became the seventh medical worker to succumb to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome when she died late Saturday.

Her death follows that of 58-year-old private doctor Thomas Cheung Sik-hin on Saturday, who had contracted the disease treating SARS patients.

Cheung was the third doctor to die of SARS following Lau Tai-kwan, 56, and Joanna Tse Yuen-man, 35, from Tuen Mun hospital.

Other healthcare workers who have lost their lives treating patients struck down by the pneumonia-like disease were male nurse Lau Wing-kai, 38, from Tuen Mun hospital and two healthcare assistants from United Christian hospital, Tang Heung-may, 36, and Lau Kan-yung, 47.

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