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  1. News - World - BIRD FLU

    Easily spreadable H5N1 flu just five mutations away, study finds

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 10:14pm by NYT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune Easily spreadable H5N1 flu just five steps away Dutch researchers have found that the H5N1 bird flu needs only five favourable gene mutations to become transmissible through coughing or sneezing, like regular flu viruses. Health officials have long feared H5N1 will evolve a knack for airborne transmission, setting off a devastating pandemic. While the new ...

  2. News - World - CANADA

    First H5N1 bird flu case in Canada as patient dies after Beijing trip

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 09:53am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Ottawa The first fatal case of H5N1 bird flu on the north American continent has been reported in Alberta, Canada, after the victim returned from a trip to China Canada announced on Wednesday the first H5N1 avian flu death in North America, of a patient who had just returned from China, and said it was urgently contacting airline passengers ...

  3. News - China - HEALTH

    H5N1 flu research sparks ethical and safety debate

    Posted May 03rd 2013, 09:17pm by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Scientists swap bird flu gene with one from human virus in laboratory guinea pig tests H5N1 flu research sparks ethical and safety debate A team of top Chinese researchers has found that swapping a single gene of the H5N1 bird flu virus with one from H1N1 human flu makes it transmissible between guinea pigs, representing a jump from bird ...

  4. News - Asia - CAMBODIA

    Cambodia fights surge in H5N1 deaths as Vietnam reports first death in 14 months

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 02:42pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Phnom Penh As China scrambles to contain a deadly new strain of bird flu, Cambodia is battling a spike in the better known H5N1 strain that is baffling experts ... type. So far the kingdom has not recorded any human cases of H7N9 and is focused on fighting the more common H5N1 virus, which has killed more than 370 people globally since 2003, according ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - MEDICINE

    Research to resume on deadly artificial strain of H5N1 virus

    Posted Jan 25th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg, Emily Tsang

    ... prompted by a global outcry over the risks. Two groups of scientists in the Netherlands and the US altered the H5N1 virus to make it easily transmissible among mammals. Some scientists warned ... and we understand different people hold different points of view. H5N1 is still a threat to humans, and it is true that the research may pose some risk. But we may also benefit from it, as we ...

  6. Crow tests positive for deadly H5N1 virus

    Posted Oct 21st 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez A dead house crow found in Sham Shui Po has tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus. The first infected wild bird to have been found in seven months, it was collected last Wednesday from a rubbish bin, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said yesterday. Six wild birds with H5N1 were found from January to March. The H5N1 virus has killed ...

  7. Cull halts HK live-chicken supplies after H5N1 found

    Posted Dec 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Market today after a chicken found dead there was confirmed to have the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain. The suspension means people will not be able to buy live chicken for their winter solstice ... night. Government inspections and viral tests will be strengthened and officials are tracing the origin of the H5N1 strain in the dead bird. Chow said Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation ...

  8. Chickens culled after H5N1 find

    Posted Dec 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... halted supplies from wholesalers and ordered a cull following the discovery of deadly H5N1 bird flu in a dead chicken on Tuesday. The discovery at the Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry ... and advised anyone with serious respiratory symptoms to be tested for H5N1 infection. 'Eating cooked chicken is unlikely to cause bird flu,' he said. 343 The number of deaths caused by bird ...

  9. Corrections & clarifications

    Posted Feb 09th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yesterday's page 1 report in some editions 'Alert after chicken with H5N1 found in new town' said tests on a chicken and egret found dead in Tuen Mun indicated they were infected with H5N1. It should have said they tested positive for H5. H5N1 results on the chicken are pending, but H5N1 has been confirmed in the egret. ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    WHO chief raises prospect of ban on live poultry sales

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 03:47am by LO WEI

    ... In her keynote address on infectious diseases delivered in Hong Kong yesterday at a conference on investment in Asia, Chan said that so far there was no global pandemic of H5N1 and H7N9 bird flu. ...




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