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  1. Plan of defence

    Posted Oct 05th 2005, 12:00am by Barclay Crawford

    ... Bird flu is a major global health threat right on our doorstep, but is Hong Kong able to deal with a pandemic, asks Barclay Crawford Scientists, the WHO and now the UN have all warned ... it comes to contracting bird flu from poultry, rest easy, because the World Health Organisation describes the city as Asia's 'gold standard'. But if you are worried about being ...

  2. In Brief

    Posted Jan 20th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bird flu ruled out in suspect cases at hospital Health authorities have ruled out Sars or bird flu in the cases of three patients and a medical staff member who became ill with flu-like symptoms in a Prince of Wales Hospital ward. The three patients, aged 49 to 76, and the staff member have been isolated and the ward has barred new admissions and visitors. No new cases were ...

  3. Vigilance as bird flu alert is sounded in Shenzhen

    Posted Feb 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Chow Chung-yan in Shenzhen and Mary Ann Benitez It's a precautionary measure because of busy holiday period, say officials Shenzhen yesterday activated its bird flu alert ... pandemic. The city also stepped up inspections of 53 poultry farms for the deadly H5N1 bird flu which has jumped the species barrier since late 2003 in 10 Asian nations, killing 45 people. The farms ...

  4. Insurance coverage for bird flu 'bad for business'

    Posted Nov 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kevin Huang Mainland insurance companies offering cover against bird flu are risking their future and the interests of policyholders, according to an industry analyst. Beijing Minsheng Life Insurance is one of two mid-level mainland insurers promoting human bird-flu policies and signed its first contract related to the disease this month. Its public relations manager, Chen ...

  5. Margaret Chan hails HK handling of bird flu

    Posted Oct 10th 2005, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Hong Kong's experience in fighting bird flu and Sars is a model for the world in preparing for a possible flu pandemic, the World Health Organisation's top official ... in place in the city after the 1997 bird flu outbreak had proved a success. Those include the H5N1 virus surveillance programme in Hong Kong chicken farms and live chickens imported from ...

  6. HK to shut border if bird flu mutates on the mainland

    Posted Oct 21st 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Wu, Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing and Elaine Wu Hong Kong will close its border with the mainland if cases of the deadly H5N1 bird flu are transmitted between people, the health chief said ... from the mainland every day and Hong Kong had been inspecting 200 birds randomly each day over the past two years. He said cases of bird flu would be closely monitored. 'So far ...

  7. Guangxi girl becomes fourth bird flu case

    Posted Dec 07th 2005, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan A 10-year-old girl from Guangxi has been confirmed as the fourth mainlander to contract bird flu, the Ministry of Health announced yesterday. The girl from Ziyuan county, identified by her family name, Tang, had been ill with fever and pneumonia since November 23, the ministry said. 'Tang has been confirmed to be infected with bird flu in accordance ...

  8. On the trail of bird flu

    Posted Oct 21st 2005, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... and Macedonia. There is increasing evidence that bird flu is carried by wild waterbirds as they migrate from their spring-summer breeding grounds in Russia, to Europe and Africa. Migratory birds travel ... of wild birds from north to south and back again, every year, is indeed a conveyor belt for bird flu, it has disturbing implications. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation ...

  9. Eradicate bird flu before migrations begin, urges UN

    Posted Jun 29th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Vivian Wu UN representatives in Beijing yesterday urged mainland authorities to take swift action to stamp out bird flu before migratory birds in Qinghai spread the virus. The World Health Organisation and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) both expressed concern about an outbreak of bird flu among wild birds on an island in the province's Gangcha county over the past ...

  10. Beijing putting 2b yuan into bird flu fight

    Posted Nov 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Beijing yesterday earmarked 2 billion yuan to control and prevent bird flu as part of a wide-ranging strategy to curb the spread of the deadly virus. The funding ... million yuan to fight bird flu last year, while 573 million yuan was provided by local governments. 'The government at all levels must make efforts to achieve victory over bird flu ...




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