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  1. News - China - HEALTH

    Two men die in Shanghai in first human cases of bird flu strain

    Posted Mar 31st 2013, 04:41pm by LO WEI, He Huifeng

    ... severe pneumonia and breathing difficulties. Experts say the virus does not seem to be highly contagious but appears more deadly than other strains of the H7 virus that have previously infected humans. There was no indication the three contracted the disease from each other and no signs of H7N9 infection among the 88 people who had closest contact with them, the medical agency said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1203989/two-die-shanghai-h7n9-bird-flu-first-cases-human-infection
  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 - 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
  4. News - China - HEALTH

    Four new cases of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in Jiangsu

    Posted Apr 02nd 2013, 08:29pm by ZHUANG PINGHUI, LO WEI, Daniel Ren

    ... viral DNA, a serious situation of human-to-human transmission may happen. This is what we're most worried about." Wu Fan, director of the Shanghai Centre for Disease Control ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1205661/shanghai-raises-flu-response-emergency-plan
  5. No clues to record rise in cases of scarlet fever

    Posted Jun 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Yuk-hang yukhang.ng@scmp.com The number of cases of a highly contagious and potentially fatal childhood disease has hit the highest level since records began and experts have no idea ... There was speculation that a 15 year-old boy who died in Princess Margaret Hospital on Tuesday was a victim of the disease, but initial tests appear to rule this out. Since scarlet fever was made a notifiable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/970104/no-clues-record-rise-cases-scarlet-fever
  6. School closures the right course to take

    Posted Jun 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is that it may mutate into something more serious ahead of our next winter flu season. It is well established that young schoolchildren are effective spreaders of infectious community diseases ... many people are likely to be infected by someone who has acquired it. A mild but highly contagious virus that infects more people could kill just as many as a less contagious but more severe ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/683345/school-closures-right-course-take
  7. True scale of flu deaths dwarfs reported cases

    Posted Feb 05th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... each year. Of the 1,073 deaths, 813 people died of pneumonia, pulmonary disease and heart attacks brought on by flu, the HKU researchers said. The study, published in the December issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases scientific journal, is the first research to analyse flu patterns in a tropical area. 'Because of the lack of well-defined seasonal patterns in tropical areas, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/488247/true-scale-flu-deaths-dwarfs-reported-cases
  8. Mainland reports first suspected swine flu case

    Posted May 11th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in tests by Sichuan's disease control centre, and the provincial health authorities tentatively classified him as a suspected case. 'According to clinical appearances and the results of laboratory tests, the initial diagnosis is that it is a suspected case of type A H1N1 flu,' a statement by the Ministry of Health said. The patient has been quarantined in a Chengdu contagious ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/679834/mainland-reports-first-suspected-swine-flu-case
  9. Swine flu no longer notifiable disease

    Posted Oct 09th 2010, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip Human swine flu was removed from the government's list of statutorily notifiable infectious diseases yesterday, it was announced. Recent data shows the activity of the virus has decreased and that the human swine flu virus is no longer the dominant flu strain, a Department of Health spokesman said. The government in May lowered its response level for a pandemic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/726957/swine-flu-no-longer-notifiable-disease
  10. Shutting schools conquered swine flu

    Posted Aug 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the spread of the disease, a study has found. Between May and September 2009, 25,473 cases of influenza A (H5N1) were reported, forcing the closure of all kindergartens, primary schools and special ... of slowing transmission. More adults began to contract the disease after the first two weeks, accounting for 33.4 per cent of all cases. The report suggested the disease was transmitted more slowly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1014233/shutting-schools-conquered-swine-flu

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