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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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/640757/complacency-and-timidity-hamper-bird-flu-fight
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/627267/bioweapons-fear-over-use-bird-flu-samples
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/642905/no-time-play-chicken-when-lives-are-stake
  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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/642915/buyout-offer-sweetened-chicken-retailers
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664915/mass-bird-flu-outbreak-not-likely-spring
  6. Bird flu scare closes park

    Posted Feb 06th 2008, 12:00am by Danny Mok

    ... Danny Mok Mai Po Nature Reserve was closed for 21 days from this morning after a great egret was found dead from suspected H5 bird flu. The carcass of the great egret was found at Tam Kon ... followed on the heels of a similar shutdown of the walk-in aviaries at Ocean Park less than a week ago, triggered by the death of a black-crowned night heron that might be due to the H5 bird flu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/625611/bird-flu-scare-closes-park
  7. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/640785/bird-flu-found-chickens-hk-market
  8. 19th bird-flu victim on mainland

    Posted Feb 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zhuang Pinghui A man has died of bird flu in Nanning, Guangxi, the Ministry of Health announced yesterday, three days after a similar announcement. The jobless man, 41, surnamed Liang, ... by local health authorities showed Liang, the 19th confirmed human bird flu fatality on the mainland, had handled family poultry that had died of unspecified illness, the ministry said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/627138/19th-bird-flu-victim-mainland
  9. Expert highlights poverty's role in bird flu

    Posted Mar 11th 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing The mainland should make sure suspected bird flu patients are given early treatment even if they cannot afford medical fees, or risk putting the public in greater danger should the virus mutate, according to flu expert Zhong Nanshan. Dr Zhong, director of the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases, said the bird flu patient who died in Shanwei, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/629451/expert-highlights-povertys-role-bird-flu
  10. Bird flu closures 'would cost 2,550 jobs'

    Posted Jul 10th 2008, 12:00am by May Chan

    ... Meanwhile, the government announced the threat from bird flu fell from 'serious' to 'alert'. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/644704/bird-flu-closures-would-cost-2550-jobs

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