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  1. Timely disclosure vital in disease fight

    Posted May 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and containment can have any hope of stopping a contagious disease in its tracks. Allegations that city officials in Fuyang, Anhui province- where the first EV71 outbreak occurred as early as mid-March- ... When the mainland sneezes, Hong Kong catches a cold. This is why outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease reported across several provinces have caused alarm among parents and officials ...

  2. No place for cover-ups on disease outbreaks

    Posted May 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... are vital if outbreaks of serious contagious diseases are to be contained. Allegations that city officials in Fuyang, Anhui province, covered up an outbreak of a virus that has killed at least 20 ... of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has dismissed the comparison with Sars because that was a deadly new disease that could have infected anyone. If he has a point, he rather ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Disease victims in cry for help

    Posted Jun 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alice Yan ting.yan@scmp.com Shanghai resident Wu Jun has not set foot outside his home for more than 18 months. Wu has ALS, a rare disease of the brain and spinal cord nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement. The disease has made him unable to walk without aid. And his 63-year-old mother, the only person looking after him, is not strong enough to help him out of his ...




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