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  1. True scale of flu deaths dwarfs reported cases

    Posted Feb 05th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Study finds the virus kills 250 times more often than thought Deaths from influenza are under-reported by about 250 times, University of Hong Kong scientists said ... influenza may not be recognised in reported causes of death,' said Wong Chit-ming, associate professor of the university's department of community medicine. All previous studies were done ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/488247/true-scale-flu-deaths-dwarfs-reported-cases
  2. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/479956/who-hardens-pandemic-warning
  3. Plan to stock up on single flu medicine challenged

    Posted Apr 20th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Selected drug shows no advantage over alternative remedy, says medical expert Questions were raised yesterday on plans to spend millions of dollars to stockpile a single drug to be used in the event of a flu pandemic. Hong Kong has alread ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/497319/plan-stock-single-flu-medicine-challenged
  4. Health chief cautions against panic as bird-flu alarm grows

    Posted Feb 24th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez WHO official says current virus is more contagious than one in 1997 Hong Kong's health chief cautioned the public against panic last night after a senior World Health Organisation official warned of a new bird-flu pandemic. The city ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/490173/health-chief-cautions-against-panic-bird-flu-alarm-grows
  5. Outbreak of bird flu in Vietnam 'worrying'

    Posted Jan 26th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The bird flu virus that has killed nine people in Vietnam in the past three weeks is 'extremely worrying', University of Hong Kong virologists said yesterday. Robert Webster and Malik Peiris, professors in the microbiology depar ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/487040/outbreak-bird-flu-vietnam-worrying
  6. Doctors warn of increase in flu cases

    Posted Jan 25th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Doctors are urging extra vigilance against the flu after seeing a recent increase in patients with symptoms. 'In the past few days it seems there are more fever patients. I have spoken to some GPs and I was told the number of fever p ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/486907/doctors-warn-increase-flu-cases
  7. No room for complacency

    Posted Oct 11th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez No government is well enough prepared for a flu pandemic, not even Hong Kong's, influenza experts said as they urged authorities in East Asia to take more action. At the end of a two-day meeting in Hong Kong, the Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee on Influenza hammered out a consensus statement encouraging all countries in the region to continue working ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/519927/no-room-complacency
  8. No room for complacency in Asia's war on virus

    Posted Oct 11th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez No government is well enough prepared for a flu pandemic, not even Hong Kong's, influenza experts said as they urged authorities in East Asia to take more action. At the end of a two-day meeting in Hong Kong, the Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee on Influenza hammered out a consensus statement encouraging all countries in the region to continue working ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/519926/no-room-complacency-asias-war-virus
  9. Lost in translation

    Posted Jul 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... mechanisms work for all potential international health threats, not just influenza,' said spokesman Gregory Hartl from the WHO headquarters in Geneva. 'Obviously, in the Asia Pacific region, influenza is top of the list, but from a global perspective we have to get people thinking and continuing to think that it's not just about flu. 'The lessons that we are learning ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/643766/lost-translation
  10. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/421065/bird-flu-mutations-pose-risk-warns-official

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