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  1. Have your say

    Posted Apr 15th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and imported poultry in the city. The risk of a bird flu outbreak is still very serious. Having a centralised slaughterhouse means there will be no live poultry in our wet markets. If people have less ... can't play in that space and the birds can't nest in trees that may have grown there. There are malls everywhere. All malls are the same. But not all parks are the same. Every tree ...

  2. Independence crucial for scientific endeavour

    Posted Jun 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and diabetes, and new, drug resistant or dangerously adaptable viruses, such as the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu. The emergence of the mainland and its vast research resources adds a new dimension ... years before the mainland reported any human bird-flu infections. The significance has just been revealed in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine by eight Chinese scientists from ...

  3. Counting the cost of bird flu

    Posted Feb 24th 2006, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson What would happen to economies in Asia and other parts of the world if bird flu triggered a global influenza epidemic among humans? Historically, the interval between ... per cent- a major economic catastrophe. Meanwhile, in its latest assessment of the situation published this week, the WHO notes that despite the spread of bird flu, human infections remain ...

  4. WHO invited to test 'first' H5N1 victim

    Posted Jul 26th 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Mainland scientists say soldier who died in 2003 had bird flu- two years before first confirmed death Beijing has invited the World Health Organisation to send ... laboratory tests on samples taken from a 24-year old soldier who died in December 2003 to confirm whether he was infected with bird flu, according to CDC director Wang Yu. Dr Wang said after a press ...

  5. Cap on chicken imports could be eased

    Posted Mar 21st 2006, 12:00am by Patsy Moy, Staff Reporter

    ... a man died of bird flu in Guangzhou- 30,000 birds a day were imported. The government argued that market demand had fallen by a third with the increased risk of bird flu infection. Poultry ... meeting Zhang Dechang, director-general of Guangdong's Exit-Entry Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Mrs Yau said the bird flu threat to the province had stabilised. 'There are no [new] ...

  6. Abattoir rethink splits legislators

    Posted Feb 10th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... a bird flu outbreak has divided legislators. Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok said yesterday the government was exploring suitable sites for an abattoir in the northwest ... Permanent Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Carrie Yau Tsang Ka-lai said the government had been forced to change its plans because the risk of bird flu was increasing. She cited the risks ...

  7. 'Hospital alert system is failing'

    Posted Mar 20th 2006, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... appropriate awareness, a Sars hero has warned. The Hospital Authority has been on yellow alert since January 7 last year when bird flu was reported in Vietnam, and since then medical workers ... updates on any outbreaks in the region, including bird flu. 'The authority should organise regular talks and training for all frontline workers to help refresh their knowledge about different ...

  8. Bird garden bears brunt of flu 'panic'

    Posted Feb 20th 2006, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy Pet shop owners in Yuen Po bird garden in Mongkok have accused the government of creating public panic during the bird flu scare and of trying to turn Hong Kong into a bird ... on Valentine's Day. 'People are so scared of bird flu that they chose to buy flowers instead of love birds as gifts.' Mr Tam said he had taken what he believed were effective anti-bird flu ...

  9. Bird flu block?

    Posted Feb 06th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Will the government's ban this month on backyard poultry and tough enforcement of chicken smuggling succeed in stopping the threat of bird flu in Hong Kong? Are these moves enough? Share your views: write to us ...

  10. Labs still waiting for recent bird flu samples

    Posted Sep 06th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jane Cai Mainland authorities have yet to provide international health laboratories with samples of bird flu viruses found in the country since 2004, but work is under way to establish ... appointed some international laboratories with whom we are handling formalities to transfer the samples.' Analyses of bird flu samples are important because they help experts trace ...




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