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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    HKU team hail H7N9 flu vaccine 'breakthrough'

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 03:35am by Emily Tsang

    ... researchers have developed a vaccine that may be the first in the world to offer a shield against many influenza viruses- including the deadly H7N9 bird flu strain- in one simple shot. The HKU team ... to 100 per cent of mice fight different strains of flu viruses. "Current influenza vaccines target only specific and individual subtypes, but it is difficult for scientists to predict which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1462724/hku-team-hail-h7n9-flu-vaccine-breakthrough
  2. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

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

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 08:39pm

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1404787/winter-flu-peak-sees-four-fold-rise-number-infections
  3. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    WHO's dominant flu strain right for Hong Kong 'only 60pc of time'

    Posted Feb 07th 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com University researchers say new vaccine could take the guesswork out of treating influenza B WHO's flu strainforecast right forHK '60pc of time' The World Health Organisation tries to predict the strain of influenza B that will dominate cases around the world every year - with accuracy of no better than 60 per cent for Hong Kong in recent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1144791/whos-dominant-flu-strain-right-hong-kong-only-60pc-time
  4. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    H7N9 bird flu leads to second death in Hong Kong

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 04:48am by Emily Tsang and Danny Mok

    ... director Dr Leung Ting-hung said H1N1 swine flu was the dominant virus strain circulating in the city, but influenza A sub-type H3N2 was becoming more common. Last week, the centre received reports of 490 flu infections, almost four times the 130 cases a week it recorded at the end of December. "The weekly influenza-like illness consultation rates among both general outpatient clinics ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1405030/h7n9-bird-flu-leads-second-death-hong-kong
  5. News - World - HEALTH

    H1N1 flu epidemic 'killed 203,000' according to WHO study

    Posted Nov 27th 2013, 10:23pm by NYT

    ... some to question whether the overall response to the 2009 outbreak was excessive. However, Simonsen and her colleagues argued that laboratory-confirmed influenza deaths would underestimate the broad reach of the illness. "Many influenza-related deaths result from secondary bacterial infections or from exacerbation of pre-existing chronic conditions, and are not recorded ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1367326/h1n1-flu-epidemic-killed-203000-according-who-study
  6. News - China - HEALTH

    Doctors warn of pandemic potential of the new H10N8 bird flu virus

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 09:23am by Emily Tsang and Reuters

    ... influenza strain to emerge in 17 years, the virus has a worrying genetic profile and should be closely monitored, the researchers wrote. It appears to be able to infect tissue deep in the lung, ... University of Hong Kong microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yuen said it was important to monitor the activity of H10N8 in both poultry and humans as it was difficult to predict how an influenza virus would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1421212/china-scientists-reveal-second-case-h10n8-raising-alarm-about-bird-flus
  7. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Common respiratory virus more deadly than seasonal flu

    Posted Oct 25th 2013, 03:26am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Chinese University study finds the respiratory syncytial virus can be fatal for many groups and kills more people than seasonal influenza Common virus more deadly than the flu A common respiratory virus could cause more life-threatening infections than the influenza virus, a Chinese University research team warned. Their latest study, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1338986/common-respiratory-virus-more-deadly-seasonal-flu
  8. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    More powerful test on chickens to boost defence against bird flu

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 11:39am

    ... with the virus in the past. As regards to the winter peak for seasonal influenza, Ko said the number of people infected had already surpassed city saw more flu infections this year than each of the past two years. The H1N1 swine flu remained the dominant influenza virus in the city, he said. He believed the peak period would last at least two more months and urged the public to receive a flu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1411629/more-powerful-test-chickens-boost-defence-against-bird-flu
  9. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Deadly bug that killed two children also killed two adults last year: report

    Posted Dec 06th 2013, 04:28am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Dead pair had rare combination of bacteria that killed two children last month and influenza B Fatal bug killed two adults last year: new report A deadly ... reported. The three patients had been afflicted by a rare bacterial combination- Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 3 coupled with influenza B- resulting in their severe conditions, doctors from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1373939/deadly-bug-killed-two-children-also-killed-two-adults-last-year
  10. News - China - HEALTH

    Expect more human H7N9 bird flu cases if live poultry sales continue, Chinese officials warn

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 03:19am by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... and that the outbreaks were sporadic. Shu Yuelong, director of the Chinese National Influenza Centre, blamed the recent rise in infections on more exposure to live poultry during the holidays. "There ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1425639/expect-more-human-h7n9-bird-flu-cases-if-live-poultry-sales-continue

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