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  1. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, February 17, 2014

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 03:05am by LETTERS

    ... “bird” from media coverage of the H7N9 avian influenza virus. The association suggests that officials and the media use the terms “H7N9 flu” or “H7N9 virus,” without the use of the word bird. ... flu”, the media should refer to it as “H7N9 poultry flu”. After all, this dangerous-to-humans avian influenza virus has not been found in wild birds – it has only been found in poultry ...

  2. 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, ...

  3. Lifestyle - Technology - EXISTENTIAL RISK

    Cambridge University study centre focuses on risks that could annihilate mankind

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 03:23am by Kate Whitehead

    ... findings, although, just like the debate a couple of years ago over whether details of how to modify the influenza virus should be published, some especially sensitive information may be withheld. ...

  4. Patient with dangerous flu strain isolated

    Posted Oct 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Simpson Cheung A 49-year-old patient admitted to Castle Peak Hospital, Tuen Mun, is infected with influenza A (H3), a strain of the virus that has been known to kill even healthy people ... to be in a stable condition. Three other patients in the same male ward were also confirmed by the hospital on Thursday to have influenza A. ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Man, 86, may have picked up H9N2 bird flu at Shenzhen market

    Posted Jan 01st 2014, 02:36am by EMILY TSANG LO WEI

    ... contacts in Shenzhen had not displayed any symptoms so far. One hospital staff member developed a cough and sore throat, the centre's spokesman said. Influenza A viruses including H9N2 can ... without direct contact with poultry have been shown to be an independent risk factor for acquiring avian influenza A," they wrote, adding that many H9N2 infections might have been overlooked ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Containing bird flu viruses a life and death battle in China

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 02:46am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and densely populated southern China has traditionally been an influenza hotspot. Guangdong was the source of the Sars epidemic in 2003 and it was from where H5N1 originated in 1997. Beijing's ...

  8. News - China

    Taiwan doctors urge vigilance over new bird flu virus

    Posted Nov 14th 2013, 03:17pm by AFP

    ... dangerous, they said. “Our report highlights the continuous need for preparedness for a pandemic of unpredictable and complex avian influenza,” they warned. Writing in The Lancet, a team led ... that the cause was a local strain of H6N1 influenza virus, the team reported. H6N1 is a subtype of flu found among wild birds and domestic poultry on many continents. In Taiwan, though, a unique genetic ...

  9. 36 kindergarten children fall ill

    Posted Jun 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... An influenza-like illness has struck 36 children at a Causeway Bay kindergarten, the Centre for Health said yesterday. Nineteen boys and 17 girls aged three to six had developed fever, ... have been discharged. Tests on a sample from a patient identified influenza B. ...

  10. 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 ...




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