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  1. News - China - HEALTH

    Fourth case of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in China in 3 weeks

    Posted Nov 07th 2013, 04:06am by Zhuang Pinghui, Thomas Chan

    ... Zhuang Pinghui and Thomas Chan Zhejiang woman critical as scientists say it is too early to predict whether major outbreak is likely Fourth case of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in 3 weeks A new human case of H7N9 bird flu has been confirmed in Zhejiang province, the fourth on the mainland in three weeks, but scientists said it was too early to know whether they represented a major ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1349382/fourth-case-h7n9-bird-flu-confirmed-china-3-weeks
  2. News - Hong Kong

    Wet market stays open despite bird flu case

    Posted Nov 09th 2013, 04:37am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Guangdong culture of eating fresh chicken means it has to keep operating, official says Wet market stays open despite bird flu case Guangdong will not close a wet market near where a three-year-old boy is confirmed this week to have contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu, because authorities have to meet "the public's need to eat ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1351208/wet-market-stays-open-despite-bird-flu-case
  3. News - China - PEARL BRIEFING

    Shenzhen makes a half-hearted start to trial ban on live poultry

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 02:44am by He Huifeng

    ... He Huifeng Traders in Futian complain they haven't been fully informed of details for delta's second moratorium that aims to keep bird flu in check Shenzhen's half-hearted ... to reduce the incidence of bird flu. The ban was originally slated for July 1, but it was delayed several days until this Thursday. Many live chickens continued to be traded in the district's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1552363/shenzhen-makes-half-hearted-start-trial-ban-live-poultry
  4. 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
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    When it comes to live-chicken sales, health should be the top priority

    Posted May 12th 2014, 03:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... sense of security created by improved defences against bird flu. Then former health minister Dr York Chow Yat-ngok said the decision might not be permanent as viruses and the risk could change. Guangzhou authorities clearly think that time has arrived, after stalls in 60 per cent of the city's wet markets tested positive for the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus at the end of last month. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1510125/when-it-comes-live-chicken-sales-health-should-be-top
  6. 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
  7. News - Hong Kong - FOOD SAFETY

    Mainland poultry may be back on menu for festival

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 03:41am by Ernest Kao, E MILY TSANG

    ... a ban on imports imposed in February after a bird-flu scare. Fresh chicken is often the centrepiece of family feasts on and around Monday's festival. The main barrier to agreement- ... 12,000 bred locally. Imports were suspended- initially for four months- at the end of a three-week ban on live chicken sales, which was prompted by the discovery of the H7N9 bird-flu virus ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1583954/mainland-poultry-may-be-back-menu-festival
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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