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  1. Number of influenza cases rising

    Posted Jul 28th 2003, 12:00am by Carrie Chan

    ... The number of suspected flu cases rose yesterday as two more residents of elderly homes were admitted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital after coming down with symptoms. A hospital spokesman said the patients were a 90-year-old man and a 92-year- ...

  2. Killer 'Fujian' flu has now reached HK, experts warn

    Posted Nov 29th 2003, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... the virus could strike hard because it was new to humans. Department of Health consultant Thomas Tsang Ho-fai warned that the 'Fujian-like' strain of influenza A could affect large numbers ... holiday. 'Influenza outbreaks usually start in North America and Europe in November and December. Then the virus would sweep from north to south through China before it arrives at Hong Kong. ...

  3. Health department warns of possible flu outbreak

    Posted Jul 27th 2003, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... rate for influenza in private clinics rose from 22.9 per 1,000 cases in June to 39.8 this month. Protection measures against flu include maintaining good ventilation and good environmental and personal hygiene. Those with symptoms and their carers are advised to wear masks to avoid infection. Information on the health advice against influenza is available at the department's website ...

  4. Bird flu mutations pose risk, warns official

    Posted Jul 09th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... outbreak of H5N1 flu last year, Mr Chan said after a speech at a lecture series on the control of farm animal diseases at the University of Hong Kong. Influenza viruses are divided into subtypes ...

  5. WHO urges flu vaccinations for high-risk groups

    Posted Sep 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The World Health Organisation is recommending all countries vaccinate high-risk groups against influenza as a measure to prevent hospitals from being swamped with suspected cases of Sars, which has similar symptoms. In a written response to Guangzhou's decision to immunise all students and teachers against the flu, the WHO said attention was now focused on the next influenza ...

  6. Health-care workers to get flu shots after scare

    Posted Aug 29th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... by influenza which presents Sars-like symptoms, the influenza vaccination programme will be extended to include hospitalised mentally ill patients and all health-care workers with direct patient ... are at high risk of influenza. Staff were not included in the programme. The influenza vaccine is not a specific preventive measure against Sars, but it can give additional protection to people ...

  7. No plans to screen travellers for flu

    Posted Dec 14th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... in an alert issued on Thursday. 'A rising trend has also been observed in a number of European countries- the Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Latvia, Russia and Switzerland- although influenza ... but it was still too early to say for how long. 'It is possible that Hong Kong will have some influenza cases caused by the Fujian strain in the next few months,' Dr Oshitani said. He said Fujian ...

  8. Pick of the day

    Posted Dec 05th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... race than the tuberculosis bacteria, and no creature from the deep could be more terrifying than the virus that causes influenza. This programme illustrates the life cycle of diseases ...

  9. Flu season could strike HK early, doctors say

    Posted Dec 16th 2003, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... an average of 36 influenza cases per 1,000 consultations during the week of November 30 to December 6, an increase of 7 per cent from the previous week. The Department of Health has vaccinated 90 per ... of Influenza has received a donation of 5,000 influenza vaccinations from a pharmaceutical company. Nurses from the Society for the Aged visited a public housing estate in Chai Wan yesterday ...

  10. Fighting back

    Posted Oct 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Tim Culpan

    ... and it found the Achilles' heel. Because it looked so like many other viral challengers, notably that persistent foe influenza, it did a good job of wrong-footing the champion. Despite some ... aspects is the vaccination of thousands of citizens against the latest strains of influenza. Health officials reason that because flu and Sars fight in very similar styles, they need to decrease ...




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