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  1. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/635949/no-place-cover-ups-disease-outbreaks
  2. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/607423/scientists-warn-future-epidemic
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1007532/high-risk-winter-bird-flu-outbreak
  4. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/502111/health-nations
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/538251/bird-flu-becomes-problem-only-if-humans-pass-it
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/541462/do-you-think-keeping-dogs-and-cats-dangerous-given-threat-bird-flu
  7. Vigilance, not panic, best bird-flu defence

    Posted May 31st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a theory supported by the fact that no one outside the family has fallen ill. While this is not a case of the virus mutating into a highly contagious form that passes easily between people, it has ... blurred the line between prudence and panic. For example, scores of countries banned French poultry exports after a single turkey was found to be infected. It should be remembered that the disease ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/550896/vigilance-not-panic-best-bird-flu-defence
  8. Unity is key in the fight against disease

    Posted Aug 24th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The rise and spread of increasing numbers of infectious diseases is an inevitable result of globalisation. If the threats are to be contained, eliminated or prevented, the only viable ... officials: her first-hand experiences with bird flu and Sars as Hong Kong's director of health put her in the front lines to combat diseases that the world had never before encountered. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/605346/unity-key-fight-against-disease
  9. Fresh chicken still on the menu

    Posted Feb 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... making live chicken easy to find. Researchers in the US and Japan are meanwhile planning to combine H5N1 with a highly contagious human flu in a bid to determine the chances of H5N1 mutating ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/446114/fresh-chicken-still-menu
  10. A sleeping menace

    Posted Apr 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... contagious and able to spread internationally... are international threats to health security'. 'Outbreaks of emerging and epidemic-prone diseases are unique public health events because ... agents capable of causing human disease were identified. These included HIV and the ebola virus. Scientists have repeated concerns in recent years that the H5N1 flu virus could mutate into a form ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/587602/sleeping-menace

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