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  1. News - China - BIRD FLU

    Poultry farms may be H7N9 source, study finds

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

    ... A joint study by the World Health Organisation and the central government said poultry farms might be the source of the H7N9 virus that has killed 21 people. The study, compiled after ... to poultry and poultry markets. It said poultry farms were likely the source of infections. "Although the virus was not found in poultry farms yet, they are likely the source of the virus, which ...

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

    Poultry trade may be spreading killer H7N9 virus

    Posted May 06th 2013, 12:00am by Emily Tsang

    ... Expert called in by WHO recommends a review of market practices in China and Asia Poultry workers moving between wet markets and farms are probably responsible for the wide geographical ... of Hong Kong, told the South China Morning Post . "It is likely that the spread is predominately through the poultry trade … it seems much more practical [that it spreads] with the route ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1230937/h7n9-bird-flu-probably-spreading-through-wet-markets-says-hku-expert
  3. News - China - HEALTH

    China poultry cull urged to halt spread of bird flu

    Posted Apr 25th 2013, 09:08pm by Emily Tsang, STEPHEN CHEN

    ... to be closed and poultry culled to block the deadly virus' spread, as a study confirmed wet markets to be the "smoking gun" in the spread of the disease. A report in The Lancet medical ... the eighth region, and the first bordering Guangdong, to report a confirmed case of the flu. The Jiangxi provincial government said it would strengthen the monitoring of poultry but insisted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1223098/lancet-study-confirms-poultry-h7n9-bird-flu-source
  4. News - China - HEALTH

    Shanghai considers permanent ban on sale of live poultry

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 08:02pm by ZHUANG PINGHUI

    ... authorities are considering a permanent ban on the sale of live poultry in the city, as the death toll from the H7N9 avian flu virus continues to rise. Authorities said yesterday the virus had claimed ... agriculture commission, Sun Lei, said it would consider a public consultation on a permanent ban for the live-poultry trade, after 20 samples taken from wet markets tested positive for H7N9, according ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1210924/jiangsu-h7n9-bird-flu-death-brings-total-eight-police-warn-scams
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong should reconsider ban on live poultry stalls

    Posted Apr 14th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... It was not long ago that banning the sale of live poultry in our markets and moving to a system of central slaughtering was seen as necessary to protect us from deadly infectious diseases. ... for shelving the idea included: improved defences against bird flu, such as a big reduction in live-chicken stalls through a government licence buy-back; opposition from the poultry trade; and protests ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1213938/hong-kong-should-reconsider-ban-live-poultry-stalls
  6. News - China - HEALTH

    Reduce H7N9 human fatalities, Premier Li Keqiang tells health officials

    Posted Apr 29th 2013, 12:00am by He Huifeng, JOLIE HO

    ... Call comes as number of infected people reaches 124 and mass cull of poultry is carried out Premier Li Keqiang urged health officials yesterday to reduce the fatality rate of the H7N9 bird flu and release information to the public in a timely manner as the deadly strain spreads in southern China. His comments came as a city in Guangdong culled poultry en masse yesterday. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1225525/reduce-h7n9-human-fatalities-premier-li-tells-health-officials
  7. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Step up bird flu tests on chickens, Hong Kong health expert urges

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI, Mimi Lau

    ... With rising risk of infection, health centre urges more checks on local poultry farms The Hong Kong government 's Centre for Health Protection yesterday recommended that tests ... and if the results are positive, a rapid test for H7 on the samples is conducted. Results for a rapid test are ready in four to five hours. But the blood samples are taken 10 days before the poultry go ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1227144/step-bird-flu-tests-hong-kong-raised-chickens-government-advisers-say
  8. News - China - HEALTH

    Another bird flu death as virus spreads to Zhejiang

    Posted Apr 03rd 2013, 06:53pm by ZHUANG PINGHUI, LO WEI

    ... the source of infection remained unknown, but listed poultry workers or people who had been in contact with poultry a week before the emergence of symptoms as a high-risk group. Hong Kong's government is considering the reintroduction of health declaration requirements for inbound travellers. Video: The new strain of bird flu will spread across and beyond China unless the poultry source ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1206299/hangzhou-man-dies-h7n9-avian-flu-virus
  9. News - Hong Kong - BIRD FLU

    Hong Kong steps up checks as new bird flu cases reported

    Posted Apr 02nd 2013, 07:49pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... contracted via contact with infected poultry – where the new strain might have commonly existed. Ho said taking defensive measures at this stage was necessary but may prove difficult because infected poultry may not show any symptoms. He warned the public to pay extra attention when coming into contact with poultry. New control measures announced in Hong Kong include intensifying checks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1205641/hong-kong-vows-step-avian-flu-checks
  10. News - China - HEALTH

    H7N9 spreads in China in 'sporadic, unconnected way'

    Posted Apr 14th 2013, 10:44am by He Huifeng and Lo Wei

    ... Zhoukou who had frequent contact with live poultry at his home. He developed symptoms last Monday and was admitted to the local hospital on Wednesday. He was now in stable condition after ... and there's no evidence of that yet." Hong Kong health minister Dr Ko Wing-man warned that poultry workers were at the highest risk of H7N9 infection because most of the mainland cases had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1214364/two-new-h7n9-bird-flu-infections-found-central-henan

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