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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Mystery surrounds chicken deaths at Hong Kong farm as toll hits 3,500

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 05:03am by Phila Siu

    ... then buys them back when they are big enough for sale. He urged consumers not to worry about avian influenza because the government's tests had ruled it out. "We have been very concerned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1571554/bird-flu-ruled-out-chicken-deaths-yuen-long-farm-hit-3500
  2. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Chickens at Yuen Long farm may have died from overheating

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:10am by Phila Siu, Patsy Moy

    ... inside for a few days and then the chickens started to fall ill." Initial test results revealed that the chickens were not infected with avian influenza, the Agriculture, Fisheries ... reached about 2,000. Some 7,000 remain alive on the farm. Cheng said the owner of the farm told him that the chickens had received vaccinations against avian influenza and Newcastle disease, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1570785/chickens-yuen-long-farm-may-have-died-overheating
  3. News - World - DISEASE

    Ebola outbreaks explained

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 06:53am by Adolfo Arranz

    ... Adolfo Arranz Ebola is one of the deadliest viruses on earth, with a mortality rate of up to 90 per cent, higher than influenza viruses. Currently, the virus is spreading in West Africa, leading the WHO to say that it is spreading faster than efforts to control it. Ebola outbreaks Click to view the full-size infographic in high resolution. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1565340/ebola-outbreaks-explained
  4. News - World - BRAZIL

    Video released of natives emerging from Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 09:54pm by AFP

    ... team was sent to treat seven from the group. Rights group Survival International said the episode was extremely worrying, since influenza epidemics have wiped out entire tribes in the past. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1563652/video-released-natives-emerging-amazon-rainforest-northern-brazil
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong must impose checks on its pre-cooked meat imports

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 05:25pm by Albert Cheng

    ... of avian influenza, a disease linked to poor sanitary conditions in poultry markets. Last year, officials found high levels of cadmium, which has been linked to organ failure and cancer, in rice ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1563480/hong-kong-must-impose-checks-its-pre-cooked-meat-imports
  6. Lifestyle - Technology - PUBLIC HEALTH

    Disease research lab mishaps rattle scientists and regulators

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 03:47am by GUARDIAN

    ... The director of the CDC, Tom Frieden, took swift action. He closed the CDC's anthrax and influenza labs and imposed a ban on the shipment of biological material in or out of the CDC's ... with various unpleasant pathogens, from influenza and dengue fever to rickettsia and Q fever. It was the NIH's turn to apologise. Its director, Francis Collins, said that "overlooking ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1559904/disease-research-lab-mishaps-rattle-scientists-and-regulators
  7. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Cheap cream can boost flu jabs for elderly, HKU study shows

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 04:09am by Emily Tsang

    ... their shots. Yuen said the medicine helps to boost antibody levels and stimulate the effects of the influenza vaccine, especially among elderly or chronically ill patients. He said they knew imiquimod ... The findings were reported this week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Yuen pointed out that the annual influenza vaccine only works for 70 per cent of patients, and the effects for those ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1559398/cheap-cream-can-boost-flu-jabs-elderly-hku-study-shows
  8. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Hundreds more infectious germ samples found at lab near Washington

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 09:12pm by AFP

    ... biological agents such as dengue, influenza, Q fever and rickettsia," said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday. The boxes were discovered in the same cold-storage area ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1555635/hundreds-more-infectious-germ-samples-found-lab-near-washington
  9. News - World - HEALTH

    Anthrax probe reveals new bird flu safety breach in bioterror lab

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 01:22am by Reuters

    ... in place pending review by an advisory committee. The CDC influenza laboratory is also now closed and will not reopen until adequate procedures are put in place, CDC said. In reconstructing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1552459/anthrax-probe-reveals-new-bird-flu-safety-breach-bioterror-lab
  10. News - World - HEALTH

    Growing middle class popping more pills, worrying antibiotic study shows

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:47pm by NYT

    ... though most of these are caused by viruses, which do not respond to antibiotics. Higher use of antibiotics also coincides with the influenza virus season, even though they are ineffective as a treatment against the flu, Van Boeckel said. "If you look at antibiotic use in the US, it's correlated to influenza, and it's not going to do anything for that," he said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1552271/growing-middle-class-popping-more-pills-worrying-antibiotic-study-shows

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