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  1. WHO urged to review disease alert system

    Posted May 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... failed to give adequate consideration to the severity of the virus. The current system looks at the transmission speed of the virus in considering which alert level should be issued. The current pandemic alert is phase 5, a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent. 'The existing system was built on the assumption that avian influenza is the virus causing a pandemic, which has a very ...

  2. Don't single out maids as flu spreaders, unionist says

    Posted Jun 15th 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Ng Yuk-hang and Austin Chiu Domestic helpers should not be singled out as spreaders of the swine flu virus, a unionist urged yesterday, as tens of thousands of maids packed the pedestrian ... 'Chinese people go out as well; they also go to markets like we do. They could also be a source of the virus.' Instead of having flexible days off, Ms Santoyo said it was better to step up ...

  3. News - China

    Taiwan doctors urge vigilance over new bird flu virus

    Posted Nov 14th 2013, 03:17pm by AFP

    ... that the cause was a local strain of H6N1 influenza virus, the team reported. H6N1 is a subtype of flu found among wild birds and domestic poultry on many continents. In Taiwan, though, a unique genetic ... of millions of people. The first flu pandemic of the 21st century occurred in 2009 with the H1N1 subtype, which turned out to have roughly the same lethality as ordinary “seasonal” influenza. “Our ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Winter flu peak sees four-fold rise in number of infections

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 08:39pm

    ... Ting-hung said H1N1 swine flu was the dominating virus strain circulating in the city, while the influenza A sub-type H3N2 had displayed a rising trend. Last week, the centre received a report ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Influenza has killed nine people and seriously sickened 25 adults and children during the winter flu peak while the number of infections is rising ...

  5. Know your viruses

    Posted Aug 09th 2004, 12:00am by Margaret Cheng

    ... Influenza A Features: This virus is unstable. It changes often to create new forms. Classified by changes to H and N antigens, the current types of influenza A circulating in Hong Kong are H3 92 ... This is a type of influenza A carried by waterbirds that infects poultry and can infect humans. It can't yet be passed from human to human. There are many sub-types: the version in Asia is H5N1. ...

  6. Chronically ill girl, 7, dies of flu soon after admission to hospital

    Posted Feb 08th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... early yesterday, and was later pronounced dead. She was confirmed to be infected with influenza A late yesterday, the Centre for Health Protection said. The case had been referred ...

  7. Beware of deadly flu

    Posted Feb 09th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... strains of flu include H1N1, also known as swine flu. A number of dead birds found on Lantau tested positive for the H5N1 'bird flu' virus, but there have been no cases of human infection in the city. A seven-year-old girl who had been ill died last week after being admitted to hospital. Tests will tell what strain of the virus she had. Centre controller Dr Thomas Tsang ...

  8. In Brief

    Posted Oct 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 52-year-old man is 28th in city to die with swine flu virus A 52-year-old man who contracted swine flu and was also suffering from diabetes and hypertension died in Kwong Wah Hospital on Sunday, becoming the 28th person with the swine flu virus to have died in the city. He developed flu symptoms on September 25 and went to the hospital last Tuesday, when he was confirmed to have ...

  9. Special flu clinics a waste of resources, doctors' union says

    Posted Jul 01st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'Instead of wasting resources now, why not save them in case the virus mutates and becomes more deadly later?' he said. The eight clinics were dotted around the city and might not be as convenient as the many private doctors to most residents, he said. But the government said it would not close the clinics for now. 'The summer peak of influenza is expected to arrive soon... ...

  10. HK well equipped for outbreak after Sars, health secretary says

    Posted Apr 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... would be effective in treating the disease. But when asked about suggestions in some medical research that the virus H1N1 might be resistant to Tamiflu, Dr Tsang admitted he could not rule ... Chow said the government might also buy new vaccines if one proved effective. Dr Tsang said currently available inoculations would probably not prevent swine flu because it was a new virus ...




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