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  1. News - China - PEARL BRIEFING

    Shenzhen makes a half-hearted start to trial ban on live poultry

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 02:44am by He Huifeng

    ... The ban will also cover the Luohu, Yantian and Nanshan districts but no dates have been set for this. According to the provincial health department, there have been 109 cases of H7N9 bird flu ... after Zhong Nanshan, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a leading figure during the Sars epidemic in 2003, said the key to containing H7N9 was controlling live poultry markets. ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    When it comes to live-chicken sales, health should be the top priority

    Posted May 12th 2014, 03:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Guangzhou authorities clearly think that time has arrived, after stalls in 60 per cent of the city's wet markets tested positive for the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus at the end of last month. ... measures- after the H7N9 virus was discovered in a mainland bird in the Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market. The live-chicken trade was linked to the 1997 outbreak of H5N1 bird flu that killed six ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Vigilance the key to containing H7N9 bird flu virus

    Posted Dec 04th 2013, 04:43am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Vigilance the key to contain virus Ever since the H7N9 flu virus hit the region in March, the risk of human infection in Hong Kong has inevitably increased. Despite an array ... Last night she was still in critical condition, supported by an artificial lung in Queen Mary Hospital. She is the only patient confirmed to have contracted H7N9 after a third test, following ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Time to ban import of live poultry as H7N9 continues to spread

    Posted May 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng says the government must act, given the expert warnings about the virulence of H7N9 virus, and no sign that infections are abating One of Karl Marx's most famous quotes ... viruses. More cases of H7N9 infections are surfacing almost daily: 127 people are confirmed to have been infected, resulting in 24 deaths. Among those affected, some 40 per cent appear to have had ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    H7N9 flu safety starts at home

    Posted Apr 20th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... stage. That has predictably led to warnings we should prepare for the unexpected. University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung is worried about a pandemic; he says H7N9 spreads from birds ... role to play, by staying away from domestic poultry, properly cooking chicken and, above all, using the simplest and best way to prevent infection - thoroughly washing hands. H7N9 flu safety ...

  6. Comment - Blogs

    Expert says H7N9 won't be SARS 2.0 and officials promise accurate information

    Posted Apr 04th 2013, 05:58am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler H7N9 Xinhua* Shanghai Party Secretary  Han Zheng promises to release "authoritative, accurate" information. 21st Century Business Herald* SARS expert Zhong Nanshan says that this disease won't be SARS 2.0. China News Service* Developing a vaccine for H7N9 will take at least half a year, says official in charge of health emergencies. Associated ...

  7. 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 ...

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    False alarm quarantine gives me confidence in Hong Kong's H7N9 preparedness

    Posted Apr 18th 2013, 05:02pm by Xenia Chan

    ... of my blood pressure and temperature, the doctor came back. “We can definitely rule out the H7N9 virus. We think you did have another virus but it looks like it is being flushed out of your ... thing that I took away from the experience was that the health care system is already mobilising against the H7N9 virus. The speed at which my case was processed gives me confidence ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    For health's sake, Hong Kong must ban live chicken imports

    Posted Jan 29th 2014, 04:09am by SCMP Editorial

    ... that we should stop importing live poultry from the mainland altogether. Hong Kong culls 20,000 chickens after H7N9 found This is far from the first time supplies have been disrupted ... is in place and it is well established, as shown by the finding this week of the H7N9 strain in samples taken from the Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market. Detection is an automatic trigger ...

  10. Comment - Blogs

    PLA officer calls H7N9 virus a US 'bio-psychological weapon'

    Posted Apr 08th 2013, 10:43am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler A senior military official has caused an outrage among netizens for calling the current avian flu outbreak in mainland China an American conspiracy and belittling a string of deaths from the virus.   “The national leadership should not pay ...




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