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  1. News - Hong Kong - BIRD FLU

    Poultry market closures halt bird flu, says Hong Kong study

    Posted Oct 31st 2013, 02:39pm by AFP

    ... is a sure-fire way of curbing the deadly H7N9 bird flu in case of an outbreak, disease control researchers said on Thursday. The closure of 780 live poultry markets (LPMs) in the Chinese cities ... is approaching its flu season now. Our findings confirm that LPM closure is a highly effective intervention to prevent human disease and protect public health Benjamin Cowling, University of Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1344486/poultry-market-closures-halt-bird-flu-says-hong-kong-study
  2. News - China - HEALTH

    Chinese scientists develop bird flu vaccine

    Posted Oct 28th 2013, 04:19am by Minnie Chan

    ... flu vaccine set for testing Chinese scientists have independently developed a vaccine for the H7N9 bird flu virus- a bug that has killed at least 45 people since March- and could be ready ... bird flu virus first emerged in Shanghai in February. Guangdong confirmed its first case in August. Hong Kong University microbiologist Professor Yuen Kwok-yung expressed concerns over whether ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1341446/chinese-scientists-develop-bird-flu-vaccine
  3. News - China - HEALTH

    Scientists envision a possible new epidemic wave of bird flu

    Posted Oct 25th 2013, 11:58am by Reuters, STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Reuters and Stephen Chen Warning of larger outbreak of bird flu this winter Fresh human cases in eastern China of a deadly new strain of bird flu signal the potential for "a new ... experts have been warning that despite the marked drop off in cases during the summer months, the threat posed by H7N9 bird flu has not passed. Ab Osterhaus, a leading virologist based ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1339496/new-china-bird-flu-cases-signal-potential-winter-epidemic
  4. News - Hong Kong - FOOD

    Live mainland chickens to hit local markets by Saturday

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 03:55am by Emily Tsang

    ... months yesterday- in time for Monday's Mid-Autumn Festival feasts. About 500 pigeons, the first batch of birds allowed in after they tested free of bird flu viruses, arrived yesterday. Live ... a bird-flu scare prompted a cull of 20,000 birds in January. "I believe live chickens from the mainland can hit the market by Saturday morning at the soonest," Poultry Wholesalers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1585318/live-mainland-chickens-hit-local-markets-saturday
  5. News - China - NETHERLANDS

    New China H7N9 strain gives kick to mutant bird flu research

    Posted Oct 23rd 2013, 06:13pm by Reuters

    ... into the wrong hands. But with China braced for scores more cases of a deadly new strain of H7N9 bird flu, Ron Fouchier and Ab Osterhaus say the benefits of this gene mutation research far outweigh ... It is of extreme importance to being able to understand what’s going on.” As things stand, 45 of the 136 people known to have contracted H7N9 bird flu in China and Taiwan have died – giving a case fatality ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1338068/new-china-h7n9-strain-gives-kick-mutant-bird-flu-research
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/544800/have-your-say
  7. Plan of defence

    Posted Oct 05th 2005, 12:00am by Barclay Crawford

    ... Bird flu is a major global health threat right on our doorstep, but is Hong Kong able to deal with a pandemic, asks Barclay Crawford Scientists, the WHO and now the UN have all warned ... it comes to contracting bird flu from poultry, rest easy, because the World Health Organisation describes the city as Asia's 'gold standard'. But if you are worried about being ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/519076/plan-defence
  8. News - China - HEALTH

    Warmer weather may be curbing spread of bird flu in China

    Posted May 16th 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... be limiting the spread of a deadly new bird flu, as the number of reported cases has dropped sharply this month, say health experts. As of Monday, a total of 131 human cases of H7N9 had been reported ... can spread Professor Lu Jiahai, Bird Flu expert The scarcity of new cases is in sharp contrast to the spread last month. At a peak on April 16, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1238513/warmer-weather-may-limit-spread-new-bird-flu-mainland-china
  9. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    H7N9 bird flu may be spread through human faeces, research suggests

    Posted Aug 15th 2013, 12:00am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Bird flu may be spread through human faeces The H7N9 bird flu that emerged on the mainland in March may be spreading through human faeces, as university ... fatalities returned positive results for the H7N9 strain. The rate - 67 per cent - was much higher compared with those found for human flu or H5N1 bird flu, which ranged from 5 per cent to 33 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1296797/h7n9-bird-flu-may-be-spread-through-human-faeces-research-suggests
  10. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Vietnam confirms first bird flu death in nine months

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 10:46am by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press in Hanoi Vietnam has confirmed its first human death from bird flu in nine months. To Duc Sinh, director of Preventive Medicine Centre in southern Binh Phuoc province, said on Tuesday that a 52-year-old man died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu on January 18 on the way to a hospital in southern hub of Ho Chi Minh City. Sinh said the man developed a fever ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1410162/vietnam-confirms-first-bird-flu-death-nine-months

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