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  1. HSBC's optimism on bird flu plan is far from contagious

    Posted Jan 12th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... imaginable. The worst-case scenario would be a mutation of the existing H5N1 avian flu virus that allows it to spread easily from person to person. This could result in a disease as wildly contagious as ordinary influenza but with the mortality rate of H5N1. Similar species-to-species leaps have happened before, creating easily transmissible diseases to which humans have no immunity. Early last ...

  2. Foot-and-mouth scares

    Posted Jan 18th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chan Siu-sin Mainland authorities have culled hundreds of cattle and sheep to contain the nation's first two reported outbreaks this year of highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease. The Ministry of Agriculture yesterday said the outbreaks in Ningxia and Jiangsu were under control. In Ningxia's Zhongwei city, two cows were found to have blisters characteristic of the disease ...

  3. Suit claims man caught HIV during transfusion

    Posted Mar 21st 2006, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... was banned from sale because it contained a highly contagious HIV-causing factor. 'The Shanghai firm and the other medical organisations should be held responsible. The difficulty of this case ...

  4. Massage can be bad for health, warns council

    Posted Aug 16th 2006, 12:00am by Barclay Crawford

    ... The council warned that those with infected skin, contagious diseases, cardiovascular diseases as well as deep vein thrombosis, cancer, fractures, arthritis or severe osteoporosis should avoid ...

  5. Bird flu becomes a problem only if humans pass it on

    Posted Feb 28th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... confuses the very low risk of bird flu, a disease of birds that rarely affects people, with human pandemic influenza, in which the virus spreads easily between people. If a human pandemic influenza ... viruses are not circulating in markets and farms in Hong Kong, and overplays the risk. Preparations for human pandemic influenza should continue, but even the authorities on this disease say ...

  6. Do you think keeping dogs and cats is dangerous given the threat of bird flu?

    Posted Mar 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Kevin Kung

    ... brings the toll to more than 100 worldwide since 1997. With a frightening human mortality rate of 54 per cent, the disease is now also contagious to tigers, cats, dogs and humans, according ... direct contact with a diseased bird they can catch bird flu too. In turn, when you touch your pets you expose yourself to the virus. I am not telling you to abandon your cats and dogs. Stray ...

  7. Transsexual police officer lodges complaint with panel

    Posted Jul 10th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a 'contagious disease'. The alleged insults culminated in a torrent of abuse from her supervisor, whom, she says, delighted in sending her on solitary assignments. He allegedly called her ...

  8. Vigilance, not panic, best bird-flu defence

    Posted May 31st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a theory supported by the fact that no one outside the family has fallen ill. While this is not a case of the virus mutating into a highly contagious form that passes easily between people, it has ... blurred the line between prudence and panic. For example, scores of countries banned French poultry exports after a single turkey was found to be infected. It should be remembered that the disease ...

  9. Farmers' deaths show need for vigilance

    Posted Dec 30th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the outbreak of a highly contagious new killer virus while doctors tried to contain it. The tragic consequences that were to follow as travellers spread the disease to Hong Kong and as far away ... diseases more transparently. But it still tends to regard data on outbreaks as state secrets until they are officially released, and thus not available to foreign scientists. It is hoped that new ...

  10. Deaths from infectious disease up 82 per cent

    Posted Feb 14th 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Infectious diseases killed 82 per cent more people on the mainland last year than in 2004, according to government statistics. The diseases claimed 13,263 lives, compared with 7,248 in 2004. The number of reported infectious disease cases also rose by 13 per cent to 4.42 million in 2005. An 83 per cent rise in the mortality rate from category ...




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