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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Sars-like virus in Middle East 'closely related to Hong Kong bat strains'

    Posted Sep 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... respiratory virus that has emerged in the Middle East is closely related to two bat viruses found a few years ago in Hong Kong, a university don says. Neither bat virus jumped from animal to human ... found," Yuen said. "It is highly possible the new virus came from animals, as many in the family were found in animals. It could have come from any animal." Overseas scientists have ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong labs will be able to diagnose Sars-like virus in two days

    Posted Sep 28th 2012, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Diagnosis of Sars-like virus ready in 48 hours The city's laboratories will be able to diagnose cases of a new virus within 48 hours after details of its DNA sequence were released, health officials said yesterday, adding that ...

  3. Experts search for animal link to virus

    Posted Aug 16th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... A team of international experts, including a University of Hong Kong virologist, is in Guangdong searching for the animal source of the Sars coronavirus as winter approaches. Some experts ... work traced the coronavirus to civet cats, said their week-long inquiry aimed 'to try to understand the animal source of Sars and to review what our colleagues in China have been ...

  4. No plans to screen travellers for flu

    Posted Dec 14th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... that H9N2 virus is circulating in the animal population. We contacted [the Ministry of Health] in China immediately after H9N2 confirmation in Hong Kong. No unusual influenza viruses- avian strain ... of science, Frederick Leung Chi-ching, said the bird flu was not only worrying for humans but it could also be used as a bio-terrorism agent on animals. 'It could wipe out poultry, which ...

  5. Four suspected cases on mainland are confirmed

    Posted Feb 11th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter in Shanghai and Chow Chung-yan Imports of American poultry banned after the disease is found in Delaware The mainland yesterday confirmed four previously suspected cases of bird flu and banned the import of poultry products from the US. The ...

  6. Scientist makes Time magazine

    Posted Jan 14th 2004, 12:00am by Carrie Chan

    ... Carrie Chan A University of Hong Kong microbiologist's efforts to convince the central government to cull civet cats this month is featured in the latest issue of Time magazine. Associate professor Yi Guan said the re-emergence of Sars last month pro ...

  7. Poultry industry rejects Team Clean's bird flu measures

    Posted Aug 17th 2003, 12:00am by Marcal Joanilho

    ... A top-level committee of officials, bird flu specialists and poultry industry representatives should be set up to thrash out the details of measures intended to prevent the spread of potentially deadly avian influenza viruses before any drastic action is ...

  8. Reasons to be fearful

    Posted Feb 22nd 2005, 12:00am by David Watkins

    ... together, and you get the sum of all modern-day fears: bio-terrorism. 'It's very easy to take a virus from a dead animal and ship it to a place where there's no protection against ... is the most infectious animal virus there is. As part of my job at the time, we got the British government to categorise the exact extent of the damage. It was devastation.' Foot and mouth ...

  9. Chinese medicine may play role in fighting flu outbreak

    Posted Jul 15th 2005, 12:00am by Freda Wan, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... the application and make sure the research is lawful,' a spokeswoman for the university said. The university's animal safety laboratory has been accredited by Beijing. ...

  10. WHO supports bird-flu plan to shut wet markets

    Posted Apr 09th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... challenge for Hong Kong and the three international organisations (the WHO, Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Animal Health Organisation)- how humans can better live with animals,' he said. Seventy-five per cent of new diseases come from animals. 'We have to come up with mechanisms where we humans live better with animals,' he said. Hong Kong has separated ...




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