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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

    Bird flu threat has eased, says health chief

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 04:48am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Bird flu threat has eased, says health chief The government has lowered Hong Kong's influenza pandemic response level from "serious" to "alert" as the H7N9 bird flu outbreak has eased. The serious level- second on a three-level scale of which the top rank is "emergency"- had been in place since December when the first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1530983/bird-flu-threat-has-eased-says-health-chief
  3. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    Prevention key to containing new avian flu outbreak

    Posted Apr 07th 2013, 12:00am by ERNIE YAP

    ... to controlling new avian flu The unexpected outbreak of influenza A(H7N9) on the mainland marks the first time the virus has been detected in humans. By last night, there were 18 confirmed cases, ... strains of influenza, initial symptoms could include a high fever, and other flu-like symptoms such muscle cramps, sore throat, cough, loss of energy, breathlessness, diarrhoea, vomiting, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1208613/prevention-key-containing-new-avian-flu-outbreak
  4. 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
  5. News - China - AVIAN FLU

    Sichuan man dies in first human case of H5N6 bird flu

    Posted May 06th 2014, 10:02pm by Zhuang Pinghui, LO WEI

    ... The strain was confirmed to be H5N6 by the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory on Saturday. Experts consider it an isolated case and the risk of human-to-human transmission very low ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1506142/sichuan-poultry-farmer-confirmed-dead-new-bird-flu-strain-h5n6
  6. News - Hong Kong - BIRD FLU

    Man rushed to hospital from border has H7N9

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 07:11pm by Ada Lee, Emily Tsang

    ... Health Organisation and its mainland counterparts. A spokesman added: "In view of human cases of avian influenza A (H7N9) confirmed locally and on the mainland, further cases are expected, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1464820/h7n9-bird-flu-vaccine-can-be-ready-end-year-says-health-minister
  7. News - Hong Kong - BIRD FLU

    H7N9 bird flu has 'unusual' ability to resist antiviral drug Tamiflu: study

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 05:54am by Emily Tsang, Reuters

    ... and becoming resistant to such drugs, the study found the H7N9 strain to be unusual. "When seasonal influenza viruses gain resistance to drugs, it usually happens at a cost to the virus- the cost ... "Usually what we see with influenza, is that resistance … also confers a fitness disadvantage on the virus." Researchers said doctors should be prudent in their use of antiviral medicines ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1378426/h7n9-bird-flu-has-unusual-ability-resist-antiviral-drug-tamiflu-study
  8. News - China - BIRD FLU

    Poultry farms may be H7N9 source, study finds

    Posted May 19th 2013, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a week-long field assessment of the influenza by a panel of experts commissioned by the WHO, was publicised by the National Health and Family Planning Commission yesterday. The report said H7N9 had ... samples had shown genetic alterations, which meant the organism had adapted to be more contagious than other avian-influenza viruses. Among the 104 confirmed cases, 72 per cent have had exposures ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1240896/poultry-farms-may-be-h7n9-source-study-finds
  9. News - China - HEALTH

    Expert 'cautiously worried' over China's H7N9 bird flu strain

    Posted Apr 05th 2013, 11:31am by Agence France-Presse in Paris

    ... map in a larger map Having made its jump from animals to humans, which required a series of genetic mutations, the influenza A(H7N9) strain has now been diagnosed in four Chinese provinces: ... influenza that jumps from an animal species to a human has pandemic potential,” Alan Hampson, chairman of the Australian Influenza Specialist Group, said in a statement issued by the Science Media ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1207534/expert-cautiously-worried-over-chinas-h7n9-bird-flu-strain
  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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