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  1. News - World - DISEASE

    Scientists make genetic map of Ebola disease strain raging through Africa

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 09:25pm by NYT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune International team of researchers have completed genome sequence of the disease strain now raging in Africa, a key step in finding a vaccine Ebola virus yields its ... with a single transmission from an animal to a human in Guinea. It also shows that this lineage, which first emerged in humans in 2013, diverged from other variants of Ebola in 2004. Sabeti and her team ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581818/scientists-make-genetic-map-ebola-disease-strain-raging-through-africa
  2. Comment - Letters

    Close cramped, dated city zoo to protect well-being of animals

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 05:23am by LETTERS

    ... is that the water bowls for the animals are made of plastic, which can spread disease. Significant renovation is needed and living conditions have to be vastly improved if the zoo is to continue to operate. ... Shut cramped, dated city zoo to protect well-being of animals Hong Kong zoo is too crowded. As a densely populated metropolis, Hong Kong can barely house all the people here, let alone ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1581972/close-cramped-dated-city-zoo-protect-well-being-animals
  3. Lifestyle - Technology - PUBLIC HEALTH

    Disease research lab mishaps rattle scientists and regulators

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 03:47am by GUARDIAN

    ... appalling. They put lives at risk, that much is clear. But they were shocking, too, due to where they happened. The US government's high-security disease-control laboratories, which house samples of the most harmful germs in the world, cannot afford to screw up. First came news of a single incident. Staff working on deadly bioterrorism agents at the Centres for Disease Control ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1559904/disease-research-lab-mishaps-rattle-scientists-and-regulators
  4. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Jack Ma says Scotland hunting trip was to 'study animal conservation'

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 03:03am by Chris Luo

    ... in Britain, saying the trip two years ago was for animal conservation, not recreation. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) also defended Ma, a director on the organisation's board, after Britain's ... the development of conservation zones in Europe and examine the control of wild animal populations. "It is utterly different from [what] the … pictures in the media reports showed, and is a far cry ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1571599/conservation-not-recreation-behind-uk-hunting-trip-internet-jack-ma-says
  5. News - Hong Kong - LEISURE

    Small cages and nothing to do: Hong Kong Zoo animals 'trapped in the 19th century'

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 05:56am by SARAH KARACS

    ... Sarah Karacs sarah.karacs@scmp.com Zoo's animals are 'trapped in 19th century' At more than 140 years old, Hong Kong zoo is home to almost 400 animals, including ... for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. But the city is studying how to modernise it. "It's like a menagerie from the turn of the last century," said Dr Jane Grey, the deputy director ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1575582/zoos-animals-are-trapped-19th-century
  6. Lifestyle

    Fish oil may not be a defence against heart disease, research shows

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 06:49pm by Sasha Gonzales

    ... Sasha Gonzales life@scmp.com Long-held scientific claims that omega-3 defends against heart disease may have been flawed, writes Sasha Gonzales Something fishy You've probably heard ... by two Danish physicians, Hans Olaf Bang and Jorn Dyerberg in the 1970s, which revealed that the low incidence of coronary artery disease (CAD) among the Greenland Inuits was linked ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/1548813/fish-oil-may-not-be-defence-against-heart-disease-research-shows
  7. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    WHO's Dr Chan warns of animal disease risk to humans

    Posted Dec 21st 2012, 12:00am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Over the past 30 years, 70pc of infectious diseases came from animals, agency chief warns Rise in animal diseases infecting humans: WHO The World Heath Organisation's director general has warned the public to expect an increasing trend of animal diseases jumping to humans. Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun's advice came after the emergence this year ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1109320/whos-dr-chan-warns-animal-disease-risk-humans
  8. News - World - AVIATION

    US air marshal, stabbed with syringe in Nigeria, monitored for disease

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 09:29pm by AP

    ... that he might have been infected with a disease. Nigeria is one of the West African countries dealing with an Ebola outbreak. However, preliminary tests by the Centres for Disease Control ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1589485/us-air-marshal-stabbed-syringe-nigeria-monitored-disease
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    War on Ebola can be won, if human ingenuity again rises to the challenge

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 06:00pm by THOMAS TANG

    ... Thomas Tang Thomas Tang says in our focus to contain the spread of the Ebola virus, we should heed the lessons of previous disease outbreaks and realise that cities can be resilient, ... powerless to halt the spread of the disease, which stokes fears of a global pandemic. As a learning species, what lessons can humankind take away from the tracks of this virus? The Ebola virus ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1589447/war-ebola-can-be-won-if-human-ingenuity-again-rises-challenge
  10. News - China - ANIMAL CONTROL

    5,000 dogs culled in one Chinese city after rabies leaves five dead

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 07:47pm by AP

    ... Rabies is a potentially fatal disease spread to humans via contact with an infected animal’s saliva. When left untreated, the virus causes inflammation in the brain and spinal cord, according ... campaign, Xinhua said. The city issued an urgent order calling for authorities to kill stray dogs and tightly regulate the animals. Chinese governments often order such widespread dog culls or ban ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1587322/5000-dogs-culled-one-chinese-city-after-rabies-leaves-five-dead

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