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  1. News - China - BIRD FLU

    Shanghai hospitals on alert after new bird flu deaths

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 09:38pm by He Huifeng, Lo Wei and Lawrence Chung

    ... He Huifeng, Lo Wei and Lawrence Chung in Taipei Shanghai tightens vigilance on bird flu Shanghai's health bureau has ordered hospitals to step up monitoring and supervision of respiratory diseases after a new strain of bird flu killed two people in the city last month, the Shanghai Daily reported yesterday. A doctor in Shanghai said hospitals had been asked to report ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - BIRD FLU

    Hong Kong steps up checks as new bird flu cases reported

    Posted Apr 02nd 2013, 07:49pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... have to closely monitor any latest developments,” he said. Leung added that the new strain yielded a high death rate, although it did not appear highly contagious between humans. Dr Dominic Tsang Ngai-chong, from the Hospital Authority’s infectious disease control branch, said it would take about one day for rapid tests to determine a human bird flu infection. Hong Kong suffered ...

  3. News - China - BIRD FLU

    Poultry farms may be H7N9 source, study finds

    Posted May 19th 2013, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... samples had shown genetic alterations, which meant the organism had adapted to be more contagious than other avian-influenza viruses. Among the 104 confirmed cases, 72 per cent have had exposures ... during the summer, as the disease posed grave hazards and much basic information was still not known, such as how long the organism has existed and whether some human cases were undetected ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - BIRD FLU

    H7N9 harder to track but less likely to cause disease

    Posted Apr 04th 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com New avian flu strain is more deadly to humans than birds, scientists say, as third death reported H7N9 harder to track but less likely to cause disease The H7N9 bird flu virus is less likely to cause disease than the H5N1 virus that has killed hundreds of people worldwide, scientists say. But tracking the new virus is harder, as it seems to spread quietly ...

  5. News - China - BIRD FLU

    Shanghai doctor, 31, becomes first medical professional to die from H7N9 bird flu virus

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 04:51am by Daniel Ren, LO WEI

    ... third fatality from the virus, Xinhua reported. Though it has yet to become as contagious as seasonal flu, there are mounting concerns about the potential of the virus to cause a pandemic. ...

  6. News - China - BIRD FLU

    H7N9 bird flu strain is at peak: Chinese official

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 05:05pm by Vanessa Piao

    ... Vanessa Piao vanessa.piao@scmp.com A senior Chinese disease control official has warned the H7N9 strain of bird flu had peaked again since last December following three recently reported deaths from the disease, the Beijing News reported on Monday. More than 200 people across the country had been confirmed as infected with the strain since March last year and three patients had ...

  7. News - World - BIRD FLU

    Easily spreadable H5N1 flu just five mutations away, study finds

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 10:14pm by NYT

    ... system responds similarly to the disease. By exposing ferrets and human tissue samples to a variety of genetically altered viruses, study authors identified five key gene mutations. Two of them ...

  8. News - Asia - BIRD FLU

    South Korea culls 2pc of poultry to curb fears of H5N8 bird flu outbreak

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:37pm by Reuters in Seoul

    ... said on Thursday. Authorities said a poultry farmer had committed suicide in the province where the disease broke out, possibly out of frustration over declining sales of meat shunned ... been hit and 19 cases of the disease have shown up in migratory birds, prompting the slaughter of 2.8 million farm birds by Wednesday, ministry data shows. “Lately I think it over when there’s ...

  9. News - China - BIRD FLU

    China to help poultry farmers hit with 20b yuan losses over bird flu

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 10:42am by Reuters and AFP

    ... birds to curb the disease. The 75-year-old man had previously travelled to the neighbouring city of Shenzhen and died Wednesday morning, a government doctor told reporters. “Today we have ...

  10. 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 ...




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