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  1. After Sars, we have to stop bird flu recurring

    Posted Aug 22nd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... It took the Sars outbreak to focus our attention on another infectious disease that could have disastrous effects for Hong Kong, our neighbours and the world: bird flu. The connection between Sars in humans and in wild animals is still being investigated, but the chain of transmission of bird flu, from chickens in our wet markets and on our farms, has been known since ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/425516/after-sars-we-have-stop-bird-flu-recurring
  2. Tree trimming at bird-flu kindergarten pleases parents

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

    ... Elaine Wu and Mary Ann Benitez Managers of an estate in Lam Tin, where a boy is suspected to have contracted bird flu, yesterday took a chainsaw to a tree outside the boy's ... a day after the bird flu case was revealed. Twenty students stayed home yesterday, said principal Wong Sau-han. The five-year-old Kwun Tong boy admitted to hospital on November 27 with the H9N2 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/437845/tree-trimming-bird-flu-kindergarten-pleases-parents
  3. Bird-flu chickens sent back to mainland

    Posted Nov 15th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai About 2,000 chickens were returned to the mainland yesterday after the birds were found carrying the H5 bird-flu virus. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said ... samples and detected the presence of the H5 bird flu viral antibodies. A department spokeswoman said: 'After the tests, arrangements were made immediately to return the consignment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/434754/bird-flu-chickens-sent-back-mainland
  4. Scientist links 'super virus' to bird flu

    Posted Jul 19th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... the cyclical outbreak of bird flu in Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong (HKU) dean of science Frederick Leung Chi-ching told a seminar at the university yesterday. IBDV suppresses the birds' ability to fight off diseases, such as the bird flu. 'Our findings suggest that IBDV may facilitate the infection of avian flu by suppressing the host's immunity,' he said. 'If ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/422063/scientist-links-super-virus-bird-flu
  5. Parents keep pupils away from bird-flu kindergarten

    Posted Dec 11th 2003, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Elaine Wu Despite reassurances from officials, 56 pupils call in absent The parents of more than a quarter of the pupils at the Lam Tin kindergarten at the centre of a bird-flu scare ... had tested positive for a rare and relatively mild form of bird flu, desks at the Yuen Yuen Kindergarten he attended were scrubbed clean and the playground outside hosed down with bleach. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/437692/parents-keep-pupils-away-bird-flu-kindergarten
  6. 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 ... and retailers, rejected all four alternatives put forward by Team Clean for eliminating the threat of bird flu, including the formation of a central slaughterhouse. They claim the proposals presented ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/424988/poultry-industry-rejects-team-cleans-bird-flu-measures
  7. Pandemic fears after boy, 5, contracts rare form of bird flu

    Posted Dec 10th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez and Ella Lee A five-year-old Kwun Tong boy has contracted the rare H9N2 form of bird flu- only the third infection in the world- raising the spectre that Hong Kong could ... because it is not highly pathogenic in birds,' he said. While the strain is not as fatal as H5N2, scientists warn that H9N2 could play a big role in the emergence of the next flu pandemic. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/437637/pandemic-fears-after-boy-5-contracts-rare-form-bird-flu
  8. Boy, 5, contracts rare form of bird flu

    Posted Dec 10th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez and Ella Lee A five-year-old Kwun Tong boy has contracted the rare H9N2 form of bird flu- only the third infection in the world- raising the spectre that Hong Kong could be hosting a potential pandemic flu strain. Disease investigators are trying to establish how the boy got infected by the strain, which is commonly seen in chickens in southern China but does ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/437639/boy-5-contracts-rare-form-bird-flu
  9. Bird flu mutations pose risk, warns official

    Posted Jul 09th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Hong Kong may not be prepared for future bird flu outbreaks if the virus has mutated from the known H5N1 strain which has twice jumped the species barrier, killing seven people, ... of avian flu in Hong Kong,' said Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Thomas Chan Chun-yuen. But bio-security and hygiene standards had been stepped up in farms after the fourth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/421065/bird-flu-mutations-pose-risk-warns-official
  10. HK is ill prepared for next flu wave, says US expert

    Posted Dec 13th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez He also warns a bird-flu strain and Fujian flu could form new super-strain Hong Kong health authorities have not done enough to prepare for the next flu pandemic, one of the world's top influenza experts says. Robert Webster also highlighted the risks of H9N2 bird flu combining with the Fujian flu strain. 'Hong Kong is leading the world in [flu] surveillance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/437960/hk-ill-prepared-next-flu-wave-says-us-expert

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