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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Hong Kong reports 1st case of H7N9 bird flu

    Posted Dec 03rd 2013, 11:14am by AP

    ... influenza is most active. Ko said the semiautonomous Chinese city's government would step up its flu pandemic preparedness plan. Infectious diseases are a particular concern in Hong Kong, where ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. News - World - CANADA

    First H5N1 bird flu case in Canada as patient dies after Beijing trip

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 09:53am by AFP

    ... not generally cause disease in humans, though in rare cases they mutate and jump species. Strains of the H5, H7 and H9 avian influenza subtypes have caused human infections, mainly following direct ...

  4. Lifestyle - Health - LAB REPORT

    Lab Report

    Posted Dec 09th 2013, 10:06am by Jeanette Wang

    ... Jeanette Wang jeanette.wang@scmp.com Bird flu poorly adapted for infecting humans Avian influenza virus H7N9 has not yet acquired the changes needed to infect humans easily, says a study published last week in the journal Science. The virus has killed 45 people on the mainland since April, the World Health Organisation says. Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong sees first case of H9N2 avian flu in four years

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 07:26pm by Lo Wei and Ernest Kao

    ... The rate fell below 1 per cent after the ban. Leung urged the public to avoid contact with live poultry and to practise good personal hygiene. He expects more cases of avian influenza ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Public hospitals struggling to cope with rush triggered by winter's chill

    Posted Dec 21st 2013, 05:04am by Emily Tsang

    ... Lee Koon-hung said. "The situation is expected to get worse as the peak season of influenza usually falls in the winter between January and March, during which people face an increased ...

  7. News - World - HEALTH

    Researchers find bird flu can be detected using smell

    Posted Oct 21st 2013, 04:29pm by Staff Reporter

    ... from infected ducks suggests that avian influenza infection in mallards may be ‘advertised’ to other members of the population,” said Dr Bruce Kimball, a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) ... of influenzas in waterfowl populations may be possible through exploiting this odour change phenomenon.” The research was carried out by the USDA and Monell Centre, and was published in the journal PLOS ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    19 isolated after contact with man in Hong Kong's second bird flu case

    Posted Dec 08th 2013, 06:26am by Ada Lee, He Huifeng, Emily Tsang

    ... with the H7N9 virus under treatment; red, those infected with H7N9 who have died; yellow, those who have fully recovered; and pink, those infected other types of the Influenza A virus, including H1N1. ...

  9. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    Learned science journals take an off-beat approach at Christmas

    Posted Dec 22nd 2013, 03:44am by Martin Williams

    ... at regular times of year, and you'll find sober topics like influenza A, stress and cancer and treatment of smokers. But the Christmas edition features "non-traditional" research. Last ...

  10. News - World - HEALTH

    Belgian study finds 'Fifty Shades' tests positive for herpes, cocaine

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 08:31pm by GDN

    ... and the influenza virus. However, according to a report in the Tokyo Times, it only cleans book covers and not individual pages. ...




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