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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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/988576/chicken-flock-given-clean-bill-health-after-flu-tests
  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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/730865/health-chiefs-order-bird-flu-tests-hospitals-city-goes-high-alert
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/714382/public-health-main-concern-during-closure-bird-reserves
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/663372/too-early-switch-mainland-bird-flu-vaccine-says-health-chief
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/641493/health-chief-flip-flops-over-cause-outbreak
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/622489/father-caught-bird-flu-his-son-says-health-official
  7. 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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/626161/cold-weather-puts-health-officials-alert-bird-flu
  8. Airport health: who is responsible

    Posted Dec 26th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I refer to the letter 'Air passenger health care' (December 18) and wish to clear up any misunderstanding. In my May 10 reply, I wrote that 'the international practice ... If the private doctor suspects communicable disease, the Port Health Office (PHO) will be notified and it will then investigate and implement health control measures.' This international practice ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/439280/airport-health-who-responsible
  9. Health chief in talks on chicken imports

    Posted Apr 15th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Louisa Yan A senior mainland official will meet Hong Kong's health chief today to discuss the resumption of live chicken imports from the mainland next week. Li Changjiang, director of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, will hold talks with Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Yeoh Eng-kiong on issues surrounding the resumption, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/452149/health-chief-talks-chicken-imports
  10. HK health officials say more avian flu cases reported in mainland

    Posted Aug 17th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 1.35pm: Hong Kong health authorities say they have been informed about new cases of bird flu in China this week. The Health, Welfare and Food Bureau said late ... established between the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau and the Ministry of Agriculture. The spokesman said Hong Kong had to remain vigilant against avian influenza, although local poultry farms had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/560504/hk-health-officials-say-more-avian-flu-cases-reported-mainland

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