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  1. 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 ...

  2. Shutting schools conquered swine flu

    Posted Aug 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the spread of the disease, a study has found. Between May and September 2009, 25,473 cases of influenza A (H5N1) were reported, forcing the closure of all kindergartens, primary schools and special ... 'School-age children are usually the main transmitters of human influenza as a result of their high contact intensity with peers,' the study, published in the Hong Kong Medical Journal yesterday, ...

  3. Horse flu halts Australian racing

    Posted Aug 26th 2007, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Horse racing and equestrian events have been shut down throughout Australia as officials battle to contain an outbreak of equine influenza. The outbreak in Sydney is the first ... equine influenza is known, but they are subject to rigid quarantine protocols, both in Hong Kong and their country of origin, to make sure they are disease-free. 'The important difference ...

  4. Sifting through the strains

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

    ... disease. But it almost certainly isn't an influenza virus. The influenza family of viruses tend to give you more to fight than just 'a touch' when they infect your body. Given ... of flus out there, ready to cause different kinds of infections. They're not completely wrong. The influenza family does have a lot of members and they act differently, especially ...

  5. Flu Factor

    Posted Apr 11th 2005, 12:00am by Margaret Cheng

    ... Margaret Cheng Influenza- that insistent visitor we never really want but can't avoid- has been making itself comfortable here for the past few weeks. Family doctors have seen ... of Influenza A. Much of it is H3N2, an old acquaintance that likes to visit us in July, as well as March. But there's also quite a lot of influenza A H1N1 (10 per cent of cases at last count). ...

  6. Seasonal peak flu alert issued

    Posted Mar 19th 2010, 12:00am by Danny Mok

    ... Danny Mok The Centre for Health Protection urged the public to take precautionary measures against seasonal flu, which consists mainly of swine flu and influenza B. It said the latest data showed an increasing number of flu samples, which signals that the city has entered the traditional seasonal flu peak. Meanwhile, a 51-year-old man who had been in good health but was admitted ...

  7. Club winning virus battle

    Posted Apr 11th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... of equine influenza which shut down racing for three months in 1992. 'Equine flu has a far more significant impact,' Stewart said. 'Horses which contract equine flu show much more ... influenza. The symptoms have been very mild with horses recovering within a few days.' ...

  8. Club seeks ways to beat horse flu impact on HK

    Posted Sep 26th 2007, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Jockey Club officials are hopeful the Australian equine influenza outbreak will not effect its Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races showpiece in December, but are resigned to an impact on bread-and-butter racing. Melbourne racing continues although Sydney's has shut down and Melbourne-based stars such as Miss Finland, Miss Andretti and Apache Cat ...

  9. HK health officials say more avian flu cases reported in mainland

    Posted Aug 17th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on Wednesday it had been notified by its mainland counterparts of the deaths of ducks infected by H5N1 avian influenza at a farm at Changsha in Hunan. A spokesman said imports of poultry meat from ... established between the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau and the Ministry of Agriculture. The spokesman said Hong Kong had to remain vigilant against avian influenza, although local poultry farms had ...

  10. Vets at a premium for Games' equestrian events

    Posted Mar 28th 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... for equine influenza, Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok, raised the other influenza issue hanging over Hong Kong- by saying that plans were in place to cancel or postpone ... be vaccinated against equine influenza and tested for equine piroplasmosis, infectious anaemia and equine viral arteritis, African horse sickness, West Nile/Kunjin virus, and vesicular stomatitis. ...




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