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  1. Guangdong boy in Hong Kong has bird flu

    Posted Jun 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... 'serious response level' for influenza pandemic has been activated. That means more stringent infection control measures in public hospitals, including a ban on visiting at isolation wards ...

  2. Too dangerous to publish?

    Posted Feb 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Reinhard Renneberg Some say it's a nightmare scenario out of the old movie Outbreak with Dustin Hoffman or the newer Contagion by Steven Soderberg: a pandemic caused by the accidental release of a man-made strain of lethal H5N1 bird flu virus. Could ...

  3. Atishoo, atishoo, we all fall down

    Posted Sep 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... be in the hands of people who don't necessarily have global interests at heart.' From the 1918 spread of Spanish flu (the first of two pandemics involving the H1N1 influenza virus; the second ...

  4. Pandemic force?

    Posted Oct 10th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... How should Hong Kong deal with a bird-flu pandemic that could infect thousands of people and bring the city to a halt, possibly within weeks? Should Hong Kong set up a special taskforce now? Share your views: write to us ...

  5. Transparency is the key to containing bird flu

    Posted Jun 29th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The consequences of a mass outbreak of bird flu could be so calamitous that no effort should be spared in seeking to combat the virus. The more we learn about it, the better prepared we will be. It is therefore good to learn that the mainland health autho ...

  6. Threat of pandemic should not be ignored

    Posted Nov 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... From a scientific point of view, Asia is a petri dish for the emergence of a new flu pandemic. It was the source of the past two, which took a toll of about 800,000, and is suspected to be the original home of the most deadly flu pandemic in history, whic ...

  7. Scientists launch global effort to share bird flu data

    Posted Aug 26th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... a worldwide collaboration to share virus samples and information on bird flu in an effort to reduce the effects of a pandemic. The Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data was welcomed ... officials signed in support of the initiative. Among the main signatories are the director of the influenza division of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Nancy Cox, and chief ...

  8. A good week for ...

    Posted May 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... James Doohan After at least two previous unsuccessful attempts, the ashes of the actor who played 'Scotty' in the Star Trek series were blasted into space, on board the Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, that fired the first ...

  9. Farmers' deaths show need for vigilance

    Posted Dec 30th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... About this time four years ago, the Sars epidemic was gaining a foothold on the mainland but was unknown to the outside world. This was because mainland officials initially covered up the outbreak of a highly contagious new killer virus while doctors trie ...

  10. Bird flu

    Posted Oct 09th 2005, 12:00am by Raymond Ma

    ... and unlike normal human influenza, Spanish flu came from birds. It was a virus that humans had no natural immunity against. In reconstructing the 1918 flu virus, researchers found the genes ... of the Tamiflu drug used as a preventive measure. A H5N1 vaccine has been developed and mass production is expected soon. Meanwhile, nearly 20,000 influenza preparedness kits have been sent to Hong Kong ...




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