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  1. Bird flu threat

    Posted Jan 25th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Avian flu has hit Hong Kong regularly since an outbreak in 1997 and the disease is now sweeping the region. Is Hong Kong, both at the level of the government and the general population, doing enough to stave off the threat of a resurgence of bird flu? Share your views: write to us. ...

  2. Determination needed to end live chicken trade

    Posted Apr 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The need to bring an end to the outdated and unhygienic practice of slaughtering chickens in wet markets has been obvious ever since an outbreak of bird flu claimed six lives in the city ... was last year's Sars outbreak which, in the most painful of ways, demonstrated that public health must be the priority. The recent outbreaks of bird flu on the mainland and other parts of Asia ...

  3. Human spread of bird flu confirmed

    Posted Sep 29th 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer Foreign Editor But WHO says virus' spread from daughter to mother is one-off Thai health officials said yesterday that a woman who died of bird flu had probably caught ... that human-to-human transmission of the bird flu known as H5N1 was not new and that the case did not point to an imminent pandemic. Suspicions of human-to-human spread of bird flu were raised on Monday when ...

  4. Vendor's poultry sales go from boom to bust

    Posted May 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Since he illegally entered Hong Kong from Dongguan 24 years ago, the live chicken trade is the only line of work Mr Cheng has known. The 46-year-old has worked his way up from a stallholder slaughtering chickens to operating his own business. Before the 1997 bird flu outbreak, trade was healthy and he often sold 100 chickens a day. Restaurant orders kept his stall in Wong Tai ...

  5. Battling bird flu

    Posted Jan 29th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Are the measures adopted so far by Hong Kong and internationally, by a crisis meeting of Asian government representatives in Bangkok, appropriate and adequate to stop the spread of bird flu? Share your views: write to us. ...

  6. Doctors, airport on higher bird flu alert

    Posted Oct 01st 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Health authorities stepped up surveillance among doctors and airport controls yesterday in an effort to block bird flu, after a human-to-human transmission was reported ... case of [bird flu] to the Department of Health for prompt investigation and control measures,' a spokesman said. Also yesterday, all airlines were told to broadcast health messages ...

  7. Mainland lifts bird flu quarantine

    Posted Mar 17th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The mainland has lifted its bird flu quarantine, while limited numbers of live chickens will return to Hong Kong wet markets tomorrow after successful talks with officials. Mainland officials said yesterday there had been no human infection and no new cases of bird flu for 29 days. Some Hong Kong wholesalers have agreed to take local chickens to wet markets to clear stock ...

  8. Tests on dead heron show signs of bird flu

    Posted Nov 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Tests are being conducted on the body of a grey heron found in Lok Ma Chau that is suspected to have died from bird flu. The railway worker who found the heron on Monday is being monitored with six colleagues after preliminary tests on the bird showed signs of avian flu. A spokesman for the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau said further tests were being carried out ...

  9. Bird flu battle should focus on public health

    Posted Feb 13th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... One of the most important changes to come from the recent outbreaks of bird flu across Asia is the agreement between Hong Kong and mainland authorities to begin exchanging information on animal diseases. If this agreement had been in place last year when two members of a Hong Kong family died of bird flu upon their return from Fujian, we might know more than we do about what ...

  10. Guangdong official threatens HK media over 'irresponsible' bird flu coverage

    Posted Feb 09th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chow Chung-yan A senior Guangdong official yesterday threatened to take legal action against the Hong Kong media for what he described as 'irresponsible reports' on the bird flu ... and this is against the law. [We] could take legal action against them according to our laws. I hope the media, including those from Hong Kong, observe the laws and don't report [bird flu cases] unless ...




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