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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Scientists warn of more serious disease threats than Sars

    Posted Feb 21st 2013, 12:00am by Emily Tsang

    ... no reason to be complacent in the battle against contagious diseases. While Sars remains on their watch list, microbiologists are far more concerned about other biological threats- not least ... for the first two days but is most contagious four to five days after the disease is picked up. "By the time a patient becomes very contagious, they are very likely to be in a hospital and under ...

  2. News - China - HEALTH

    China reports second fatal case of bird flu this year, in Guizhou

    Posted Feb 24th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing Bird flu claims second human fatality this year Health authorities said a man in the southwestern province of Guizhou died of bird flu yeserday. His is the second death from the H5N1 virus in China this year. The 31-year-ol ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must avoid the health threat of complacency

    Posted Feb 22nd 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... checked himself into hospital after realising he had caught the virulent disease. By then he had spread it to other hotel guests. Like him, many were to die. As a result, he was identified ... director general Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun, Hong Kong's health chief during Sars, to warn the public to expect an increasing trend of animal diseases jumping to humans, which was true ...

  4. Scientists warn of a future epidemic

    Posted Sep 10th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the US's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention launched an international search for travellers who were potentially exposed to the highly contagious disease. Although it turned out ... Despite huge advances in health care over the past few decades, infectious diseases still pose a threat A series of medical breakthroughs and advances in health care mean we live longer ...

  5. High risk of winter bird flu outbreak

    Posted Jul 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... warned as he urged the government to step up monitoring of the disease. Some 1,000 birds were slaughtered at Mong Kok's bird garden earlier this month after traces of the lethal H5N1 virus ... the rapidly mutating virus. 'The fact that a contagious sample has been found in summer is one of the signs showing that the risk of an outbreak is getting closer, as the virus is usually more ...

  6. Food warning after rise in cases of hepatitis E infection

    Posted Mar 25th 2007, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam The public has been warned to cook food thoroughly to prevent the spread of hepatitis E, as the number of cases of the disease has been rising over the past 10 years. The Centre for Health Protection has reported that the incidence of the contagious disease rose from four cases in 1997 to 34 cases last year. Pregnant women should be particularly cautious and pay extra care ...

  7. The health of nations

    Posted May 27th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... countries will be fully open and compliant. The Asian Wall Street Journal said on Tuesday that it had evidence China was covering up outbreaks of highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease among farm ... on Wednesday to approve new international rules giving the body more extensive powers to cope with outbreaks of infectious disease. If international action can be combined with tighter national ...

  8. Battle lines against a flu pandemic

    Posted Aug 31st 2007, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson The outbreak of highly contagious influenza among horses in Australia is a reminder that the world faces an unprecedented risk from disease. Shortly before the outbreak- the first in an island-continent that imposes stringent bio-security measures- the World Health Organisation warned that infectious diseases were emerging more quickly, and spreading faster around ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...




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