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  1. 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 ... They collected 180 samples from live chickens at the market and 900 more at local farms, Chow said. 'All the samples tested negative,' Chow said, and mainland health officials had also reported ...

  2. Health chiefs order bird flu tests at hospitals as city goes on high alert

    Posted Nov 19th 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ng Yuk-hang and Ella Lee Patients who turn up at Hong Kong's public hospitals with a high fever will have to be tested for bird flu, health chiefs ordered yesterday. The move comes after a local woman infected with the H5N1 virus was moved into intensive care as the city's health minister Dr York Chow Yat-ngok denied there had been a delay in her diagnosis. ...

  3. Public health is main concern during closure of bird reserves

    Posted May 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for migratory birds. It regularly supports more than 100,000 wild birds for the whole year and some 80,000 water birds in midwinter. Public health was our overriding concern behind closing the site when ... of the overall risk of AI in Hong Kong and will also review the associated guidelines for handling H5N1 detection from time to time. We thank WWF-HK's support in our work to safeguard public health ...

  4. Too early to switch to mainland bird flu vaccine, says health chief

    Posted Dec 11th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The health chief says it is too early to decide whether Hong Kong should switch from using a Dutch-made bird flu vaccine to one from the mainland. Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok said University of Hong Kong test results on the efficacy of the Dutch vaccine on virus samples taken at four wet markets in June were 'not conclusive'. Hong ...

  5. Health Department closely monitoring bird flu situation, says Chow

    Posted Mar 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... REGINA LEUNG Updated at 7.20pm: The government is concerned about the threat of bird flu to Hong Kong- particularly in light of a recent fatal case in Guangzhou, Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok said on Tuesday. He told reporters the H5N1 bird flu virus had now infected 15 people in China and killed nine. He stressed that the Health Department ...

  6. Health chief flip-flops over cause of outbreak

    Posted Jun 14th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Peter So

    ... after it was first detected, Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok flip-flopped on the cause. He said yesterday that the government was still looking at possible smuggling 'of ... discounted genetic mutation and said further tests were being done to assess whether an ineffective vaccine had been used on the birds. The Centre for Health Protection had contacted the workers ...

  7. HK health experts head south to advise on bird flu

    Posted Mar 06th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 5.37pm: A delegation of Hong Kong health experts on Monday went to Guangdong to discuss measures to prevent a possible spread of bird flu across the border. The one-day visit came after the Ministry of Health confirmed the first fatal human infection of H5N1 bird flu in the province. The 32-year-old man, surnamed Lao, developed fever and pneumonia ...

  8. HK health officials liaising with Indonesia over bird-flu outbreak

    Posted Sep 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 7.18pm: The Health Department said on Thursday it was liaising closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Consulate General of Indonesia to obtain the latest information on the most recent outbreak of bird flu in the archipelago. Centre for Health Protection (CHP) acting consultant Chuang Shuk-kwan told reporters on Thursday the centre ...

  9. Father caught bird flu from his son, says health official

    Posted Jan 11th 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing A mainland man who died of bird flu passed the disease on to his father in the latest human case, the Ministry of Health confirmed yesterday. But ministry spokesman ... of contact with dead poultry or birds- the primary source of H5N1 bird flu. The World Health Organisation said yesterday it would not rule out the possibility of animal-to-human infection in the case ...

  10. Cold weather puts health officials on alert for bird flu

    Posted Feb 14th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... reported they detected an increase of influenza-like illnesses in the community in the three weeks to February 2, a consultant with the Centre for Health Protection, Chuang Shuk-kwan, said. ...




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