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  1. 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 ...

  2. Summer flu season has arrived

    Posted Jun 17th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... look on the influenza surveillance systems in coming weeks.' No similar developments were detected in child-care centres, elderly homes and hospital discharges. Meanwhile, 18 Hong Kong ...

  3. Events Diary

    Posted Feb 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Today, HK: 17th Wines of the Pacific Rim Festival for 2007. Monday, February 5, HK: Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce seminar: 'Update on avian influenza and business continuity planning on influenza pandemic'. Tuesday, February 6, HK: Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce seminar: 'Servicing both Hong Kong and the country'. British Chamber of Commerce ...

  4. Bring in talented immigrants and create jobs

    Posted Aug 17th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I fully support the views of David Akers-Jones in his article 'Opening the door to talent' (August 13). Hong Kong would not be what it is today without the immigrants of the 1950s and 1960s from the mainland. The talented people among that group ...

  5. In Brief

    Posted Mar 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Girl beats bird flu but has respiratory virus A nine-month-old girl from Tseung Kwan O who caught H9N2 bird flu no longer has the virus in her body but is now suffering from a respiratory viral infection, the Centre for Health Protection said. She is in s ...

  6. HK urged to join the global fight

    Posted Jun 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Hong Kong should be donating more to the global fight against bird flu to help control outbreaks at their source, such as in Indonesia and on the mainland, a top health worker said yesterday. Speaking in Hong Kong, the director of Care US ...

  7. WHO accused of causing confusion

    Posted Jul 04th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez in Kuala Lumpur There are claims and counterclaims ahead of key talks A crucial international workshop seeking to stem a future flu pandemic opens today in Kuala Lumpur amid criticism that the WHO should get its act together. This came as ...

  8. Letters

    Posted Apr 14th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in controlling the recent influenza epidemic. The public should be praised for its willingness to remain vigilant and its adherence to various recommendations from health care professionals. As respiratory physicians, we owe our community a duty of care to provide the right information. We would like to clarify two recent issues regarding influenza. First, Tamiflu (Oseltamivir), ...

  9. Noodles and canned food added to shopping list

    Posted Feb 15th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Following warnings to stock up on surgical masks and thermometers to prepare for a possible influenza pandemic, people have now been urged to buy up food such as noodles and canned produce in case a pandemic hits worldwide supply chains The advice came at the American Chamber of Commerce's bird flu seminar series that discussed contingency planning to help ...

  10. Tests confirm 2003 mainland bird flu death

    Posted Aug 09th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok The first human bird-flu case on the mainland occurred two years earlier than previously recorded, authorities said yesterday as they announced tests had confirmed a soldier who died in Beijing in November 2003 had the H5N1 virus. The retros ...




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