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  1. Creating new vaccines the key in bird flu battle

    Posted Dec 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com A lack of vaccine choices is one of the main hurdles that must be overcome if the city is to cope with any mutation of bird flu, according to an expert. ... of bird flu in the city in 2008. The World Health Organisation earlier raised concern over a mutated bird flu virus that appeared in Vietnam earlier this year, fearing it might become more ...

  2. HK alert after bus driver's bird flu death

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Sally Wang and Amy Nip A Shenzhen bus driver has died of bird flu- the first fatal case of the H5N1 virus in China in 18 months- prompting Hong Kong authorities to step up their vigilance. ... with 'the patient's own health condition'. Chen had had no direct contact with poultry- often the source of bird flu outbreaks- and had not travelled in the past month. Chen's H5N1 ...

  3. Lab tests can miss bird flu, expert warns

    Posted Dec 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Patsy Moy patsy.moy@scmp.com Lingering bird flu infections in recovering patients could be missed by laboratory tests, leaving the patients vulnerable and a potential source of infection ... even after an 11-year-old boy and his 48-year-old mother suspected of having bird flu both tested negative for the virus. 'The [viral] load of H5 in humans is usually not as heavy as human ...

  4. Bird flu vigilance can never waver

    Posted Dec 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Bird flu remains the single biggest threat to public health in Hong Kong, the site of the first outbreak of the deadly disease among humans in 1997. The reappearance of the H5N1 virus ... It is just over a year since the last bird flu scare- the infection of a 59-year-old woman who had recently been to the mainland. It is three years since an incident comparable with the latest alert- ...

  5. Dead duck infected with bird flu

    Posted Feb 08th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang A dead duck found in Tai O was confirmed to be carrying the bird flu strain H5N1 after laboratory tests, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said. The duck was found on a beach near Yeung Hau Temple on Thursday. It was already highly decomposed. The department said there were no poultry farms within 3 kilometres of where the duck was found. ...

  6. H5 flu virus found in dead bird

    Posted Jan 27th 2011, 12:00am by Danny Mok

    ... Danny Mok A dead black-headed gull found at the airport has tested positive for H5 bird flu virus, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said, and further tests were being conducted to confirm it. The common winter visitor's carcass was found at South Perimeter Road on Monday. The location is far from the passenger terminal and there are no poultry farms ...

  7. Tests on dead birds found in Kwun Tong

    Posted Jan 14th 2011, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo Government workers wearing protective suits collected 22 dead birds outside commercial blocks in Hung To Road, Kwun Tong, yesterday morning. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said the Chinese bulbuls were taken to a government laboratory for tests to see whether they were infected with bird flu. The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society suspects ...

  8. Chicken flock given clean bill of health after flu tests

    Posted Dec 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Patsy Moy patsy.moy@scmp.com Fears of a new bird flu outbreak were temporarily put to ease yesterday after all samples of chickens from wholesale markets and local farms were found ... that an Oriental magpie robin found dead a week ago in Tin Shui Wai had tested positive for H5N1 bird flu. The robin, a species resident in Hong Kong, was collected last Saturday from Ju Ching Chu ...

  9. Beware of deadly flu

    Posted Feb 09th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phila Siu The Centre for Health Protection has warned that schools may be shut if a student were to die of flu. Flu has claimed nine lives in Hong Kong so far this year. The current strains of flu include H1N1, also known as swine flu. A number of dead birds found on Lantau tested positive for the H5N1 'bird flu' virus, but there have been no cases of human ...

  10. Flu cases prompt new look at vaccine

    Posted Dec 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... including 15,569 chickens, had been culled after one chicken found dead at the market tested positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu. The suspension of live chicken supplies for 21 days until January ... Secretary for Food and Health Dr York Chow Yat-ngok said the government had been using a vaccine from the Netherlands for the H5N2 strain of bird flu, along with a vaccine from Harbin. But he said ...




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