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  1. News - Hong Kong - BIRD FLU

    No need to ban all mainland live poultry for time being, health minister Ko Wing-man says

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 01:13pm

    ... Ng Kang-chung Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man on Thursday rejected calls for widening a ban on mainland live poultry imports amid growing threats of the H7N9 bird flu virus. ... “Although [mainland authorities] have detected the H7N9 virus in samples taken in two [Shenzhen] markets, there has not been evidence so far they are the sources of the two human cases of Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1378926/no-need-ban-all-mainland-live-poultry-time-being-health-minister-ko
  2. News - China - HEALTH

    Nanjing orders livestock cull to stem spread of H7N9 virus

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 04:21pm by ZHUANG PINGHUI

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com City tells residents to cull their domestic animals by Tuesday to stem spread of H7N9 as five more bird flu cases are confirmed Residents of Nanjing, Jiangsu province, are now banned from raising livestock as health authorities yesterday confirmed that five more people have contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus in the Yangtze River Delta. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1211538/china-detains-10-h7n9-bird-flu-rumours-death-toll-9
  3. News - China - NETHERLANDS

    New China H7N9 strain gives kick to mutant bird flu research

    Posted Oct 23rd 2013, 06:13pm by Reuters

    ... into the wrong hands. But with China braced for scores more cases of a deadly new strain of H7N9 bird flu, Ron Fouchier and Ab Osterhaus say the benefits of this gene mutation research far outweigh ... a lethal flu pandemic, they say. That could be with well-timed new vaccines or other therapies tuned to the pandemic strain’s genes. “We’re bracing for what’s going to happen next. If H7N9 becomes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1338068/new-china-h7n9-strain-gives-kick-mutant-bird-flu-research
  4. News - Hong Kong

    H7N9 infected birds will migrate to Pearl River Delta, says microbiologist

    Posted Apr 12th 2013, 07:58pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... Hong Kong has to be vigilant against the new H7N9 strain of avian flu later this year when migratory birds head south from northern parts of China for the winter, says a Hong Kong ... the cases of human H7N9 had occurred. Some of them were migratory birds, which were now heading to northern parts of the mainland for summer but would return south to the Pearl River Delta ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1213236/h7n9-infected-birds-will-migrate-pearl-river-delta-says
  5. News - China

    Taiwan looks to first vaccine against fatal H7N9 avian flu

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 09:26pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Taipei Taiwan is scheduled to roll out its first vaccine against the H7N9 strain of avian flu in late next year, after the island confirmed the first outbreak ... doses of the cell-based vaccine once the project clears the Phase III trial stage, he said. Su termed as “one of the most deadly diseases” threatening human beings. “As of now H7N9 is the virus ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1331678/taiwan-looks-first-vaccine-against-fatal-h7n9-avian-flu
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    When it comes to chickens, put public health above tradition

    Posted Feb 21st 2014, 03:57am by SCMP Editorial

    ... if the implementation of new arrangements to quarantine them from local birds fails to prevent the entry of the deadly H7N9 virus. Meanwhile, though sale of locally bred live birds has resumed, live mainland ... But Hongkongers should heed the warning by University of Hong Kong microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung that the greatest risk of contracting H7N9 remains in visiting live poultry markets on the mainland. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1431972/when-it-comes-chickens-put-public-health-above-tradition
  7. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong sees first case of H9N2 avian flu in four years

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 07:26pm by Lo Wei and Ernest Kao

    ... years. The case, in light of the other bird flu strains hitting humans with increased frequency- including the deadly H7N9 and H10N8 subtypes- may signal a higher risk of virus mutation ... as temperatures fall.   BIRD FLU STRAINS Differences between the H9N2, H5N1, H10N8 and H7N9 bird flu strains: Sources of human infection H9N2 chickens, ducks, magpies, sparrows, waterfowl H5N1 first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1393266/86-year-old-man-infected-h9n2-avian-flu
  8. News - China - HEALTH

    Scientists envision a possible new epidemic wave of bird flu

    Posted Oct 25th 2013, 11:58am by Reuters, STEPHEN CHEN

    ... re-emerged in winter 2013" and "indicates a possible risk of a larger outbreak of H7N9 this winter", according to mainland and Hong Kong researchers writing in the online journal Euro surveillance. Professor Benjamin John Cowling, who heads the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Hong Kong, said that in this new H7N9 case the virus was very similar ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1339496/new-china-bird-flu-cases-signal-potential-winter-epidemic
  9. News - China - BIRD FLU

    Death toll hits 16 in China bird flu outbreak

    Posted Apr 17th 2013, 02:18am by AFP

    ... H7N9 bird flu has claimed two more lives in Shanghai, Chinese state media said, bringing the death toll from the disease to 16. China has confirmed 77 human cases of H7N9 avian influenza ... H7N9 cases between 6pm on Monday and 8pm on Tuesday, Xinhua said, with two more deaths reported in Shanghai. A total of 30 cases, including 11 ending in death, have now been reported ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1216431/eight-new-china-bird-flu-victims-critical-condition
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - PEARL BRIEFING

    Guangdong slow to apply lessons learnt on bird flu

    Posted Dec 28th 2013, 04:39am by Ivan Zhai

    ... case of the H7N9 bird flu virus since August. That's not counting the Hongkongers, including an 80-year-old man who died on Thursday. The markets will close for a day before New ... containment measures stop the spread of H7N9 in the province? No one can say for sure, but their measures fall short of what Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing did in similar circumstances. Beijing has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1391343/guangdong-slow-apply-lessons-learnt-bird-flu

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