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  1. Health Department warns of growing flu risk

    Posted Jul 19th 2004, 12:00am by Andy Chen

    ... ANDY CHENG Updated at 6.23pm: The Department of Health warned on Monday that Hong Kong may have entered the summer influenza season. The department's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) urged people to take precautionary measures against influenza. CHP consultant in community medicine Thomas Tsang said recent epidemiological data recorded by its influenza surveillance ...

  2. Free vaccination scheme pays off with fewer flu patients

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

    ... Louisa Yan The government's programme to provide free flu shots to the vulnerable has proved successful with the number of flu patients declining in recent days, the Hospital Authority chief said yesterday. Only two outbreaks affecting just over 40 people were recorded in the last week of last month. There were 11 influenza outbreaks which had affected about 280 people ...

  3. HK plays down threat of virus from pigs

    Posted Jan 16th 2004, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... of Hong Kong's Influenza Research Centre, said countries being ravaged by the H5N1 bird flu could learn from the Hong Kong experience. 'Hong Kong was the testing ground for bird flu. ...

  4. Know your viruses

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

    ... Margaret Cheng Influenza B Features: More stable than Influenza A because it doesn't change often, so tends not to cause epidemics. Currently, numbers are slowly rising. Symptoms: ... 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 ...

  5. Disinfectant line is village's defence

    Posted Feb 01st 2004, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove Wuxue, Hubei A bucket of disinfectant, a plastic scoop and a handful of policemen are the only defences between a confirmed bird flu outbreak in Zhangling village and the rest of Hubei province. The tiny village is about a three-hour drive f ...

  6. Vaccine for bird flu may be available in few weeks

    Posted Jan 19th 2004, 12:00am by Carrie Chan, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez and Carrie Chan University of Hong Kong virologists believe a WHO-approved vaccine against the bird flu that has claimed at least four lives in Vietnam may be available sooner than expected. While one virologist said the H5N1 human vaccin ...

  7. WHO hardens pandemic warning

    Posted Nov 28th 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... 'Twenty-five to 30 per cent [of the world's more than 6 billion people] will be affected. This is the assumption based on the geographic situation today and the histories of influenza in the past.' Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO's global influenza programme, whose estimates of 2 million to 7 million deaths caused ripples, said both history and the way H5N1 had behaved were reasons ...

  8. Opening up

    Posted Feb 05th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Veterinary experts say the central government's recent commitment to openness is the reason why it has acknowledged cases of bird flu on the mainland for the first time. Poultry epidemics have occurred regularly throughout Chinese history- with many ...

  9. Legco 'no' to the mass culling of chickens

    Posted Feb 17th 2004, 12:00am by Martin Wong, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... members' rents for three months and offer interest-free loans. In another development, about 45,000 civil staff of essential services and emergency operations have been urged to get influenza ...

  10. Scientists warn that bird flu will not simply fly away

    Posted Mar 10th 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... of various bird flu strains had been recorded worldwide since 1959. The head of the World Health Organisation's global influenza programme, Klaus Stohr, said the duration of earlier outbreaks ...




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