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  1. Warning over contagious eye infection

    Posted Aug 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Loretta Fong The public should be on the alert for a contagious eye condition, as cases of red-eye syndrome- or acute infectious conjunctivitis- at private clinics have nearly doubled, the Centre for Health Protection has said. Residents, especially swimmers, are urged to practise good personal hygiene. ...

  2. Farmers panic as deadly pig virus spreads to 22 provinces

    Posted Jun 12th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing An outbreak of a contagious swine disease known as blue ear has spread to 22 provinces, the mainland's top veterinarian says. Jia Youling, director of the Ministry of Agriculture's veterinary department, said the disease had infected 45,858 pigs in 289 locations in 194 counties, killing 18,597. Another 5,778 pigs were culled, he said. Mr Jia ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Mass cattle cull to halt foot-and-mouth

    Posted May 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... was not aware of any cases in the area. Foot-and-mouth is a highly contagious disease that strikes cloven-hoofed animals. It is not dangerous to humans, but an outbreak would deal a serious blow ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Thousands of dairy cattle have been slaughtered in rural Beijing, as the country faces a new foot-and-mouth disease scare. Massive culling has already taken place ...

  5. Quake victims in dire need, World Vision HK chief says in Sumatra

    Posted Oct 05th 2009, 12:00am by Danny Mok

    ... of contagious diseases. He added: 'Aftershocks happen a lot here, so we have to be cautious during the relief effort.' Although four days had passed since the quake struck, Chiu said everyone ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Vigilance the key now to keep bird flu at bay

    Posted Jun 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... diseases, to being seen now as no longer needed at all. Officials have shelved it- and ensured the survival of the live-chicken trade- because they say the current risk of bird flu is low. That may ... 2008. The World Health Organisation may have confirmed only 11 cases of H5N1 infecting people in Asia this year to the end of April. But the highly contagious virus is far from controlled. Past ...




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