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  1. Existing flu drug blocks H5N1 virus, tests show

    Posted Feb 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Stella Lee

    ... Stella Lee An anti-flu drug registered in Hong Kong four years ago has been shown to be effective in laboratory tests against the killer H5N1 bird flu virus that is spreading across Asia. ... Wing-lok said to determine whether a drug was truly effective against the H5N1 virus, it would have to be tested in a real environment such as a poultry farm by comparing the infection rate between ...

  2. 'Human mice' point to new cure for flu

    Posted Jun 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chris Ip chris.ip@scmp.com University of Hong Kong researchers have discovered that a common drug for bone diseases could be a superior new cure for influenza. They did it by testing ... The advantage is that researchers can tell straight away if a treatment will be effective on a human. That shaves four to five years of additional testing from drug development and possibly eliminates ...

  3. 13 held for selling fake Tamiflu, 40 tonnes of ingredients seized

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

    ... mainland firms to produce the drug. Meanwhile, Agence France-Presse reported that China plans to mass-produce a vaccine to protect humans against H5N1 after initial tests indicated it was safe. ... epidemic. The victims came from across the mainland and overseas. Authorities made 13 arrests, and seized 400kg of the fake drug- as well as 40 tonnes of ingredients for making more. Thousands ...

  4. City Digest

    Posted Feb 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... was adjourned to March 6, pending reports. Couple arrested at airport with drug taped to waists A Hong Kong couple were arrested in the departure hall of Chek Lap Kok airport with HK$1.3 million worth ... who had an underlying illness, was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung on January 27 with swelling of the left of his neck. Tests confirm H5N1 in Tuen Mun Park carcasses ...

  5. Creating new vaccines the key in bird flu battle

    Posted Dec 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... ineffective,' Ho said. 'Drug companies are cautious about investing in new vaccines and many are reluctant to take the financial risk.' Alarms were raised over the efficacy of the current vaccine after a dead chicken was found to be infected with the H5N1 virus in a Hong Kong market this week. Ho and his fellow microbiologists are DNA testing the virus found in the dead bird ...

  6. 5 dead birds in Causeway Bay tested for virus

    Posted Jan 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lana Lam lana.lam@scmp.com Five birds found dead in Causeway Bay yesterday are being tested for the H5N1 virus, just weeks after a ban on live chicken sales was lifted. Meanwhile, a ranger ... as well as the one handled by the ranger, and would carry out tests for the virus. In mid-December, a dead Oriental magpie robin collected from the Ju Ching Chu Secondary School in Tin Shui Wai ...

  7. 3.7m flu tabs by June, but still too few

    Posted Jan 21st 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... of the anti-flu drug had been ordered and were expected to be delivered by June, centre controller Leung Pak-yin said. These were in addition to the 1.7 million tablets that had already been stockpiled ... be required in the event of an outbreak in Hong Kong and who should be provided with the drug, either as a treatment or a preventative medicine. He noted that Australia, which had spent A$128 million ...

  8. Chicken flock given clean bill of health after flu tests

    Posted Dec 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to be free of deadly virus. Food and Health Secretary Dr York Chow Yat-ngok, however, urged Hongkongers not to lower their guard even as another wild bird tested positive for the disease. The city ... that an Oriental magpie robin found dead a week ago in Tin Shui Wai had tested positive for H5N1 bird flu. The robin, a species resident in Hong Kong, was collected last Saturday from Ju Ching Chu ...

  9. Lab tests can miss bird flu, expert warns

    Posted Dec 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Patsy Moy patsy.moy@scmp.com Lingering bird flu infections in recovering patients could be missed by laboratory tests, leaving the patients vulnerable and a potential source of infection ... Kay-sheung, who said the tests could miss the H5 virus as the viral load- a measure of the severity of a viral infection- dropped. He said Hong Kong should not lower its vigilance against the H5 virus ...

  10. Dead chicken tests positive for H5 virus

    Posted Dec 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Adrian Wan

    ... Adrian Wan A dead chicken found in Sha Lo Wan on Lantau Island had tested positive for the H5 virus, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said. The Department of Health is looking for people who may have been in close contact with it and has placed some people under medical care. A spokesman said there were no poultry farms within three kilometres of where the dead ...




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