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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. 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 ...

  5. 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. ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 5 childcare centres have outbreaks

    Posted Jun 18th 2005, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Norma Connolly Five childcare centres have reported outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease in the past week. Centre for Health Protection consultant Thomas Tsang Ho-fai said: 'There is a seasonal trend, with most cases of hand, foot and mouth dise ...

  8. Plan to axe all chicken farms if flu hits two at same time

    Posted Mar 15th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy The industry is outraged, labelling proposed compensation as inadequate All 147 chicken farms in Hong Kong would be shut permanently if two of them became infected with avian flu at the same time, under a government plan to control the spread of ...

  9. Hong Kong should become a regional health centre

    Posted Jan 13th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong's charitable outpouring to tsunami disaster relief efforts is welcome evidence that its people feel a strong sense of responsibility towards their neighbours. The disaster has also highlighted the fact that Hong Kong currently lacks a posit ...

  10. City Briefs

    Posted Dec 14th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Grey heron had H5N1 strain of bird Flu A grey heron found in Lok Ma Chau on December 3, which died the next day, had the H5N1 strain of bird flu, a government spokesman said yesterday. More than 20 farms within 5km of where the heron was found had been in ...




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