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  1. 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 ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - BIRD FLU

    Hong Kong ready to cull birds at first sign of 'bird flu' infection

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 12:00am by Emily Tsang

    ... stringent cleaning practices. Ko said the government would immediately activate its alert to "serious response level" once the city detected its first H7N9 infection- either in birds or in humans. "There are still no signs that H7N9 can be transmitted from human to human," he said. "Still, we have to remain vigilant." Starting on Thursday, the government ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Containing bird flu viruses a life and death battle in China

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 02:46am by SCMP Editorial

    ... combinations of the letters H, N and numbers sound, though, there is every reason to be edgy about them. With H7N9 causing deaths around China, H9N2 re-emerging after a four-year hiatus and H5N1 ... in Jiangxi had died of the virus on December 6 came promptly, as did the announcement that a 55-year-old was in hospital in a critical condition. New cases and deaths from H7N9 appear to have been ...

  4. News - Asia - HEALTH

    Fears in Japan over lack of natural immunity to H7N9 flu virus

    Posted Jul 14th 2013, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Japan's health ministry has stepped up monitoring of the spread of the H7N9 flu virus after studies warned it could trigger a pandemic because Japanese people lack natural immunity. Scientists at the University of Tokyo determined that of the blood samples taken from 500 Japanese test subjects, none contained H7N9 antibodies. Yoshihiro Kawaoka, who led the research, said only ...

  5. Business - China Business - RESTAURANTS

    Fast-food chains reinvent themselves as Chinese tastes evolve

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 11:49am by Celine Sun

    ... with excessive antibiotics. Then an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu on the mainland set panic among chicken consumers. This resulted in a 15 per cent drop in KFC China's same-store sales for last year, ...

  6. News - China

    Death toll from H7N9 bird flu in China hits 43

    Posted Jul 11th 2013, 03:52pm by AFP

    ... The death toll from the H7N9 bird flu outbreak in China has risen to 43, national health authorities said in their latest monthly update on the disease. A total of 132 human infections ... authorities did not provide details on the three remaining fatalities, but said that 85 H7N9 patients had been discharged from hospitals after treatment. That would leave just four people still ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - BIRD FLU

    Mainland China's poultry may be quarantined at border

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 03:59am by LO WEI

    ... to locally bred birds being culled with infected mainland poultry last week, prompting complaints of losses from local breeders and traders. Two new cases of H7N9 were reported in Guangdong yesterday. One was a 63-year-old man in Shenzhen who died on Saturday; the other, a 37-year-old man in Zhongshan, was in critical condition. More than 270 H7N9 infections have been reported ...

  8. News - Asia - BIRD FLU

    South Korea culls 2pc of poultry to curb fears of H5N8 bird flu outbreak

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:37pm by Reuters in Seoul

    ... newspaper reported on Thursday. China in January reported 127 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with the H7N9 virus from the mainland, the World Health Organisation said. Bird flu has ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Sale of live chickens may be banned to protect Hong Kong, says CY Leung

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 09:59am by EMILY TSANG AND LO WEI

    ... the mainland was found with the H7N9 flu virus on Monday. "In the long term, I believe we should review whether we need to maintain the tradition of live chickens," Leung said. Watch: Health officials begin cull of 20,000 poultry at Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market In Pictures: Hong Kong culls live poultry after H7N9 found The government is also considering whether to separate ...

  10. News - China Insider - HEALTH

    China's poultry industry wants to hush up bird flu news in damage control bid

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 01:09pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... on infections with the press over the last days, Xinhua said on Wednesday. However, a name change for H7N9 – which industry associations want to be called simply as “flu” – has yet to occur. The World ...




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