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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Swine flu kills 21 but outbreak unlikely to be as deadly this year

    Posted Feb 12th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zhuang Pinghui Swine flu has killed at least 21 people this year on the mainland, where it has become the predominant strain of the virus. Still, it is unlikely to have the same impact as in 2009, when more than 600 people died, the Chinese Centre for Dis ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 3 doctors saw man who later died of flu virus

    Posted Nov 25th 2010, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy PCCW technician Lui Kwan-hang was examined by three doctors when he complained of feeling unwell- they all told him he had minor flu symptoms, prescribed medication and sent him home. But the 20-year-old later collapsed and was two weeks in a co ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Shutting schools conquered swine flu

    Posted Aug 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the spread of the disease, a study has found. Between May and September 2009, 25,473 cases of influenza A (H5N1) were reported, forcing the closure of all kindergartens, primary schools and special ... 'School-age children are usually the main transmitters of human influenza as a result of their high contact intensity with peers,' the study, published in the Hong Kong Medical Journal yesterday, ...

  8. Chicken abattoir shelved

    Posted Jun 10th 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee and Ng Yuk-hang Thirteen years after it was first touted as an essential measure to protect the city from potentially fatal bird flu, the idea of a central slaughterhouse for chickens has been shelved. The Executive Council approved the decision ...

  9. Comment - Letters

    HK should subsidise flu vaccinations otherwise scheme is not effective

    Posted Aug 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in preventive medicine. Influenza resulted in almost 400 intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and 227 deaths in Hong Kong from January to June. SAR citizens are not adequately protected from influenza. While there is the influenza vaccine subsidy scheme, the vaccination rate is less than 10 per cent of the population. To protect a community from an epidemic, the uptake rate needs to be 30 per ...

  10. Lifestyle - Health - WINTER HEALTH

    Natural help for cold and flu season

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:00am by GABRIELLA CLARKE

    ... in Phytotherapy Research in 2009. A number of studies- several in vitro, one on chimpanzees and another two in humans- suggested the elderberry extract Sambucol may be useful against viral influenza ...




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