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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. News - China - HEALTH

    Visiting WHO chief Margaret Chan sees 'great progress' in China's health system

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:28pm by XINHUA

    ... officials and experts. Chan spotlighted the importance of a strong primary health-care system to China, with its ageing population and rapidly escalating burden of "lifestyle" diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Without action and commitment, the burden of these diseases might cancel out economic achievements, she warned. Chan also praised the "remarkable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1552152/visiting-who-chief-margaret-chan-sees-great-progress-chinas-health-system
  5. Elderly HK woman falls victim to pig disease

    Posted Aug 11th 2005, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... to the patient and family,' a spokesman for the centre said. Contagious diseases expert Lo Wing-lok said it was likely the woman contracted the bacterial disease in Hong Kong. 'It is a serious ... Martin Wong Another Hong Kong resident was confirmed yesterday to have contracted the pig-borne disease Streptococcus suis, bringing the number of infections this year to eight. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/511738/elderly-hk-woman-falls-victim-pig-disease
  6. 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
  7. Infections continue for 'three more weeks'

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

    ... Amy Nip The spread of highly contagious enterovirus-71, which can cause hand, foot and mouth disease, will last another three weeks until the summer break, health minister Dr York Chow Yat-ngok said yesterday. The Centre for Health Protection will monitor schools. Cannan Kindergarten in Whampoa Garden is expected to reopen tomorrow and classes at the Learning Habitat Kindergarten ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/716602/infections-continue-three-more-weeks
  8. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghan capital sees first polio case since 2001

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 04:12pm by AFP

    ... campaign in Kabul after a girl contracted the disease, the city’s first case since the Taliban were ousted in 2001. The three-year-old from a nomadic family living on the northeastern edge ... Afghan public health ministry spokesman The highly contagious polio virus remains endemic in both countries, but Kabul city has not had a reported case since the Taliban regime was ousted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1425985/afghan-capital-sees-first-polio-case-2001
  9. Lifestyle - Technology - ANIMAL PSYCHOLOGY

    Scientist finds contagious yawning takes hold among older chimpanzees

    Posted Oct 20th 2013, 05:26am by LA TIMES

    ... Los Angeles Times Scientist finds that chimps respond differently to humans than they would to other chimps Contagious yawning takes hold among older chimps A young chimpanzee will yawn when a human does, regardless of whether the face is familiar, according to a study that suggests contagious yawning grows stronger in our primate cousins as they grow up. Researchers yawned, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1335334/scientist-finds-contagious-yawning-takes-hold-among-older
  10. Rare disease suspected in crayfish-linked illness

    Posted Sep 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen The painful breakdown of muscle fibres suffered by more than 20 crayfish eaters in Nanjing, Jiangsu, could be a symptom of Haff disease, a little known illness linked to seafood consumption, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says. The disease is named after Konigsberger Haff, a small Russian town on the southeastern coast of the Baltic Sea, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/724182/rare-disease-suspected-crayfish-linked-illness

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