Friday July 6, 2012
Genitals of six covered in warts after holiday in Shanghai
A FAMILY'S trip to Shanghai turned into an ordeal after they became infected with genital warts following a stay in a luxury hotel, reported Nanyang Siang Pau.
The man identified as Lee had brought his wife, their three-year-old son, sister and parents for a family trip in early June.
He had checked them into an expensive suite with a clean bathtub.
But three weeks after the trip, Lee's son started feeling itchy in the groin area and was covered in warts.
The rest of the family also developed similar symptoms around their genital areas and went for treatment at the hospital, where they were diagnosed with human papillomavirus (HPV).
A local dermatologist said the Lee family had likely contracted the virus at the hotel through the bathtub and the bed sheet, which might have had traces of the bodily fluids of an infected person.
The virus can take from three weeks to eight months to develop and is hard to get rid of with general detergents or chemical steriliser.
> The daily also reported that a 32-year-old mother of five was charged in Hong Kong for starving her three-month-old son to death and failing to recognise his condition.
However, the jobless woman said she did not know why her son died of starvation claiming that she fed the baby three to four times a day.
The incident was uncovered when a social worker visited the mother last year.
About a month later, the mother found the baby with little signs of life and brought him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The baby weighed a mere 3.01kg.
The court was told that the diluted milk was nutritionally insufficient.
The judge, after looking at the photo of the skeletal baby was re-ported as saying that “the baby looked even more dreadful than children in the Third World.”
● Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this > sign, it denotes a separate news item.