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  1. News - China - PUBLIC HEALTH

    Three new cases bring China's H7N9 tally to 21, with 6 dead

    Posted Apr 08th 2013, 12:00am by ZHUANG PINGHUI, He Huifeng

    ... for disease control and prevention within two hours. Schools were also warned to ensure they had sufficient disinfectants. Local television showed workers spraying classrooms with disinfectant. World ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1209502/three-new-cases-bring-chinas-h7n9-tally-21-6-dead
  2. News - China - HEALTH

    Another bird flu death as virus spreads to Zhejiang

    Posted Apr 03rd 2013, 06:53pm by ZHUANG PINGHUI, LO WEI

    ... of Respiratory Diseases, said they were sporadic cases and not a cluster outbreak or epidemic. "It is quite different from what happened 10 years ago during the Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic," Zhong told the Beijing Times. "The first and second cases of Sars were highly contagious and family members were infected. "But the H7N9 flu has not shown any ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1206299/hangzhou-man-dies-h7n9-avian-flu-virus
  3. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong on standby for H7N9 outbreak as China confirms three new cases

    Posted Apr 07th 2013, 12:00am by Daniel Ren, He Huifeng, Johnny Tam

    ... the city had sufficient "disease prevention supplies" and there was "no need for panic buying". About 30 pupils from Sheung Shui Wai Chow Public School left for Shanghai ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1208847/hong-kong-standby-new-bird-flu-cases-revealed-shanghai
  4. News - China - HEALTH

    Shanghai considers permanent ban on sale of live poultry

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 08:02pm by ZHUANG PINGHUI

    ... diseases that infect both people and animals, wants to ban the live-poultry trade. "Having live poultry in a crowded market is bad for human health," Zhao said. "The virus might spread to nearby animals and then to humans. It presents a great challenge for disease control and prevention." The Ministry of Agriculture yesterday ordered local governments nationwide ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1210924/jiangsu-h7n9-bird-flu-death-brings-total-eight-police-warn-scams
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1205641/hong-kong-vows-step-avian-flu-checks
  6. News - China - HEALTH

    Seven-year-old girl confirmed as Beijing's first bird flu case

    Posted Apr 13th 2013, 09:41am by Minnie Chan

    ... disease outbreaks since the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak a decade ago. Beijing health authorities said both the girl's parents were vendors in a poultry market in Shayu town, ... of the disease. The girl developed flu symptoms on Thursday morning and was admitted to hospital that night. The health bureau said the girl's condition had improved after doctors gave her ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1213671/beijing-reports-first-case-new-bird-flu-strain
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong should reconsider ban on live poultry stalls

    Posted Apr 14th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... It was not long ago that banning the sale of live poultry in our markets and moving to a system of central slaughtering was seen as necessary to protect us from deadly infectious diseases. The government finally decided that reduced risk made the idea politically expendable and shelved it. Then-health minister York Chow Yat-ngok said at the time that the decision was not necessarily ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1213938/hong-kong-should-reconsider-ban-live-poultry-stalls
  8. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    Prevention key to containing new avian flu outbreak

    Posted Apr 07th 2013, 12:00am by ERNIE YAP

    ... of which six have been fatal. Until more information is available, clinical understanding of the disease behaviour of H7N9 infections remains incomplete. So far, it is believed that the primary ... abdominal pain and chest pains. In the face of such a devastatingly infectious disease, prevention is key. Hong Kong's proximity to the mainland and its role as a global nexus puts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1208613/prevention-key-containing-new-avian-flu-outbreak
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Lack of preparedness leaves us exposed to the risk of a nightmare like Sars

    Posted Apr 05th 2013, 12:00am by Albert Cheng

    ... Now some are saying the new strain of bird flu is not that contagious and will not transmit from human to human. Yet people cannot help but worry that it may be linked to the fact that 16,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1207064/lack-preparedness-leaves-us-exposed-risk-nightmare-sars
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Bird flu a reminder of things we dare not forget

    Posted Apr 03rd 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... of deadly disease. In the latest, the first reported cases of human infection by a lesser-known strain of bird flu, H7N9, have resulted in the deaths of two men in Shanghai, while five people ... SARS virus, health experts say the city is now well prepared for coping with highly infectious diseases but warn that constant vigilance is required. It took a month and three weeks before we ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1205755/bird-flu-reminder-things-we-dare-not-forget

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