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  1. 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 ...

  2. Guangdong official back-pedals on bird-flu death

    Posted Jan 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen and Joyce Ng Guangdong authorities said yesterday they were unsure whether the death of a bird flu victim in Shenzhen was related to migratory birds, changing their tone a day ... contracted the H5N1 bird flu virus, although Chen went for regular morning jogs at the wetland park, Waterlands Resort. 'There are two channels for humans to be infected with bird flu: through ...

  3. Avian flu scare sparks call to halt practice of releasing birds

    Posted Jan 06th 2007, 12:00am by Celine Sun, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... groups to stop people seeking blessings by releasing birds into the wild following the discovery of a dead bird with avian flu in a busy shopping district. But an academic says only an outright ... There is speculation that six scaly-breasted munias found dead on Sunday in Causeway Bay may have been released by people seeking blessings. One of the six tested positive for H5 bird flu. Further tests ...

  4. Doctors, airport on higher bird flu alert

    Posted Oct 01st 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Health authorities stepped up surveillance among doctors and airport controls yesterday in an effort to block bird flu, after a human-to-human transmission was reported ... case of [bird flu] to the Department of Health for prompt investigation and control measures,' a spokesman said. Also yesterday, all airlines were told to broadcast health messages ...

  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. Inside story on bird flu

    Posted Mar 08th 2006, 12:00am by Celia Yu

    ... With both parents working in the public health sector, reporter Celia Yu finds out what's really happening with bird flu I am a second year post-graduate student from Fudan University in Shanghai, and I'm doing a three-month internship at the South China Morning Post. While most people would prefer to hear as little as possible about bird flu, it is a popular topic ...

  7. Cold weather puts health officials on alert for bird flu

    Posted Feb 14th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... increase the risk of bird flu in the city, experts have warned. Persistent cold weather in the city could also heighten the risk for more flu-like illnesses. So far this winter, six birds have been ... north.' As a result, the city had seen more migratory birds with bird flu, increasing the risk to resident birds and then to poultry, he said. 'If poultry is infected, the risk to the human ...

  8. Bird flu kills- it's not hysteria

    Posted Feb 21st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I refer to the letter from P. A. Crush ('Bird-flu hysteria', February 17), which I found to be unjustified, given the seriousness of the potential damage and loss of life that could be caused by bird flu, if there is a pandemic. The World Health Organisation has warned that the virus could spark a pandemic, killing millions of people, if it mutates into a form ...

  9. Ocean Park unruffled by bird flu scare

    Posted Feb 01st 2008, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Paggie Leung Ocean Park was confident the discovery on its premises of the body of a wild bird suspected to have died of avian flu and the brutal mainland weather would not affect visitor numbers over Lunar New Year, chief executive Tom Mehrmann said yesterday. The two aviaries in Tai Shue Wan and the Amazing Bird Theatre were closed for 21 days from yesterday as a precaution, ...

  10. HK health officials liaising with Indonesia over bird-flu outbreak

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

    ... the latest information on the most recent outbreak of bird flu in the archipelago. Centre for Health Protection (CHP) acting consultant Chuang Shuk-kwan told reporters on Thursday the centre ... added Dr Chuang. The H5N1 strain of bird flu has swept through poultry populations in large swaths of Asia since 2003. It has killed at least 63 people and tens of millions of birds. In recent ...




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