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  1. Complacency and timidity hamper bird flu fight

    Posted Jun 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The detection of the deadly H5N1 virus in samples taken from live chickens at a popular market is a chilling reminder that the threat posed by bird flu has never left Hong Kong. ... no doubt, helped prevent any serious outbreak of bird flu in recent years, even though the virus has hit other parts of Asia severely. The virus was detected in routine samples taken on Tuesday from ...

  2. Bioweapons fear over use of bird flu samples

    Posted Feb 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Marianne Kearney in Jakarta Indonesian health minister Siti Fadillah Supari said she feared that bird flu samples sent to the World Health Organisation could be used by a US government laboratory to create biological weapons. The minister, who recently released a book on her campaign against automatic sharing of bird flu virus samples with the WHO, also believes the virus ...

  3. No time to play chicken when lives are at stake

    Posted Jun 25th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The government knows that the biggest single health threat Hong Kong faces is bird flu. And they are well aware that the best way to keep the virus at bay is to ensure that people do ... of surveillance and hygiene measures in keeping bird flu at bay. But they are no longer working, as the recent discovery of infected chickens proved. We still do not know how the birds contracted the H5N1 ...

  4. Buyout offer sweetened for chicken retailers

    Posted Jun 25th 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Peter So

    ... Mary Ann Benitez, Ella Lee and Peter So Another HK$100 million was being offered to chicken retailers in an effort to persuade them to give up their licences, government sources said yesterday. The hope is that 90 per cent will agree to the buyout as the city tries to sell its final solution to reduce the risk of bird flu by offering the trade a new HK$1.1 billion package. ...

  5. Doctors warned after mainland flu deaths

    Posted Feb 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Doctors were urged yesterday to conduct bird-flu tests on flu patients who have been to Guangxi and Hunan regions. The call from the Centre for Health Protection came ... 12 and was admitted to a hospital on February 14. He died on February 20. The case came three days after the mainland announced that a man in Hunan had died of bird flu. The man, surnamed Li, ...

  6. Mass bird flu outbreak 'not likely' by spring

    Posted Dec 25th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng The mainland did not expect a mass outbreak of deadly bird flu in the coming months, a top agriculture official said yesterday. Li Jinxiang, veterinary head of the Ministry of Agriculture, said the ministry was confident that a mass outbreak was not likely to strike before spring, adding that 80 per cent of mainland poultry had bird flu antibodies after vaccination. Mr Li ...

  7. Time has come to fix failing bird flu defences

    Posted Dec 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Our city's elaborate defences against bird flu have, once again, been breached. This time, dead chickens at a farm in Yuen Long have been confirmed to be infected by the H5 virus. ... of the bird flu virus. It was only in June that poultry at four wet markets were found to be infected, leading to the culling of thousands of birds. The latest outbreak is a reminder that we remain ...

  8. Girl with bird flu may also have leukaemia

    Posted Dec 31st 2008, 12:00am by Amy Nip, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez and Amy Nip Baby's infection is the city's fifth case of the H9 virus being found in humans The two-month-old girl whose infection with H9N2 bird flu sparked ... a Shenzhen doctor found she had a poor appetite and a high white blood cell count. She is believed to have contracted bird flu when she was taken near a wet market or live poultry area. Centre ...

  9. Bird flu found in chickens at HK market

    Posted Jun 08th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Poultry culled, movement of fowl halted after H5N1 find in Kowloon The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has been found in chickens in Hong Kong for the first time in five ... from the agriculture and food department immediately began taking samples from live poultry at another 64 markets to be tested for bird flu. Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok ...

  10. Fujian strain of bird flu responsible for Yuen Long outbreak

    Posted Dec 19th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The H5N1 bird flu virus that killed hundreds of unvaccinated and vaccinated birds in a Yuen Long farm in just a few hours was the Fujian strain, a further indication ... in Fujian and has been the dominant type of H5N1 bird flu found in Hong Kong since 2002. In the latest outbreak discovered on December 8, the flu killed 285 chickens, while about 68,000 chickens ...




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