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  1. News - Hong Kong - BIRD FLU

    Man rushed to hospital from border has H7N9

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 07:11pm by Ada Lee, Emily Tsang

    ... flu virus- taking the number of cases in Hong Kong to eight, all of them contracted across the border. It comes just hours after Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said that an H7N9 ... Margaret Hospital, Kwai Chung. He was said to have recently bought freshly slaughtered pigeons from a wet market near his home. Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection was notifying the World ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1464820/h7n9-bird-flu-vaccine-can-be-ready-end-year-says-health-minister
  2. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1476653/easily-spreadable-h5n1-flu-just-five-mutations-away-study-finds
  3. News - Hong Kong - BIRD FLU

    No need to ban all mainland live poultry for time being, health minister Ko Wing-man says

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 01:13pm

    ... Ng Kang-chung Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man on Thursday rejected calls for widening a ban on mainland live poultry imports amid growing threats of the H7N9 bird flu virus. ... two Shenzhen wet markets have tested positive for the H7N9 virus that has infected two Hong Kong residents who recently visited Shenzhen. The Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1378926/no-need-ban-all-mainland-live-poultry-time-being-health-minister-ko
  4. News - Hong Kong - BIRD FLU

    Wholesalers to get HK$30 for each chicken culled

    Posted Feb 14th 2014, 04:12am by LO WEI

    ... from a Guangdong supplier tested positive for H7N9 bird flu. Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said he understood it had been a hard blow for the industry. Wholesalers said ... don't want the money, we want to continue our business," he said. Health officials will meet representatives from the trade today to listen to their views.   ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1427423/wholesalers-get-hk30-each-chicken-culled
  5. News - China - BIRD FLU

    China reports three new H7N9 bird flu deaths, toll hits 25

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 06:50pm by AFP

    ... and 52, died in southern Guangdong province on Monday, while a third patient passed away in eastern Jiangsu province on Saturday, Xinhua said in separate reports, citing provincial health ... The World Health Organisation (WHO) said last week that the rise in cases this year was not surprising due to seasonal factors, rather than a virus mutation. The same week Hong Kong was forced ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1420740/china-reports-three-new-h7n9-bird-flu-deaths
  6. News - China - BIRD FLU

    Shanghai doctor, 31, becomes first medical professional to die from H7N9 bird flu virus

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 04:51am by Daniel Ren, LO WEI

    ... become the first health care worker killed by the H7N9 bird flu, raising fears that the virus can spread from person to person. Zhang Xiaodong, 31-year-old thoracic surgeon at the Shanghai Pudong ... recently. "Health authorities and the hospital are still trying to find the source of infection," the official said. "It could be a serious problem if no evidence is found that he had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1409961/shanghai-doctor-31-becomes-first-medical-professional-die-h7n9-bird-flu
  7. News - Hong Kong - BIRD FLU

    Mainland China's poultry may be quarantined at border

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 03:59am by LO WEI

    ... to avoid cross-infection with local birds, the health minister said. While all poultry are currently kept at the Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market while they wait for test results, this led ... positive for H7N9 last Monday. Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said he had been looking at ways to separate mainland and local poultry before tests results were released. "My ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1419464/mainland-chinas-poultry-may-be-quarantined-border
  8. News - China - BIRD FLU

    China to help poultry farmers hit with 20b yuan losses over bird flu

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 10:42am by Reuters and AFP

    ... confirmed the fourth H7N9 in Hong Kong, this case is likely to be an imported infection,” Doctor Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection told reporters. “He stayed in a residence ... there’s no way we can stop human traffic between mainland and Hong Kong,” Hong Kong health secretary Ko Wing-man said, adding that residents travelling to the mainland should wear masks and wash ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1417321/china-help-poultry-farmers-hit-20-billion-yuan-losses-over-bird-flu
  9. News - China - BIRD FLU

    H7N9 vaccine could take many months, US health experts warn

    Posted Apr 12th 2013, 02:08pm by Agence France Presse

    ... China praised for its speed in identifying virus Write body US public health experts said developing a vaccine for the H7N9 strain of bird flu could take “many months”, as China seeks ... to availability will probably take many months,” said the article posted on the journal’s website on Thursday. China said this week it expects to have a vaccine ready in seven months. Chinese health ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1212918/h7n9-vaccine-could-take-many-months-us-health-experts-warn
  10. News - China - BIRD FLU

    H7N9 bird flu strain is at peak: Chinese official

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 05:05pm by Vanessa Piao

    ... patients in the ten days before he began to show symptoms. Feng’s words echoed that of a representative from World Health Organisation to China, who said on Monday that there was no sign ... five to seven newly confirmed human H7N9 cases each day. Both the Chinese disease control authority and the World Health Organisation expect the number to be on the rise, the Beijing newspaper ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1410369/h7n9-bird-flu-strain-peak-chinese-official

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