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  1. Surveillance system for quicker alerts

    Posted Feb 06th 2004, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Suspected cases of bird flu in humans must be reported within two hours under a surveillance system activated on the mainland yesterday. The deadline for township health officials ... a cough and a temperature above 38 degrees Celsius, who has been in contact with poultry in the seven days before falling ill, should be placed under close surveillance, it said. It also issued ...

  2. Alarm over poor poultry surveillance

    Posted Jun 15th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... surveillance system is not strong enough to detect circulating virus in the poultry.' Contributing to the problem was the fact the mainland had on average only one veterinary officer per half a million people, he said. Dr Bekedam said the mainland needed to strengthen its surveillance of animals, particularly as it has adopted mass vaccination as part of bird flu prevention. 'As ...

  3. WWF calls for increased surveillance of wild birds

    Posted Jul 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... JESSIE HUI WWF Hong Kong has urged for more intensive surveillance of wild birds at Mai Po natural reserve to prevent bird flu. The conservation group's call came after the latest ... found to have H5N1. But WWF has still recognised a need for more intensive surveillance in the coming months. Any dead birds found at Mai Po are sent to veterinary doctors for an autopsy ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must avoid the health threat of complacency

    Posted Feb 22nd 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... raised, she said. She praised Hong Kong's intense surveillance system for infectious disease. That is reassuring, given that the city is an international hub in the middle of Asia, the origin ... and economic damage of those few grim months in 2003, the authorities can never relax surveillance and vigilance, or their efforts to encourage good hygiene and health habits. ...

  5. Bali learns lessons of bird flu the hard way

    Posted Aug 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... community can consider itself safe from the virus and every effort has to be taken to protect citizens and visitors. Officials in Bali admit that their surveillance and response systems were ... deaths from H5N1, serves as a model. A strict surveillance regime has since been put in place, with poultry vaccinated and regularly tested. Health officials make frequent checks of birds in pet ...

  6. HK's shown way on bird flu, Beijing told

    Posted Jan 13th 2007, 12:00am by Martin Wong, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez and Martin Wong The mainland needs to institute Hong Kong-style surveillance of bird flu in addition to its vaccination programme if it is to trace the sources of human ... on the mainland, 14 have been fatal. Shigeru Omi, the WHO's regional director, has long called on governments in the region to implement proper surveillance, not just vaccination, as cornerstones ...

  7. Chicken flock given clean bill of health after flu tests

    Posted Dec 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... was still awaiting the results of DNA-sequencing tests for clues to the origin of the strain of the virus it carried. To tighten their surveillance, conservation officials have asked wholesalers ... the government has inspected all 30 local farms and put about 200 poultry workers and traders under medical surveillance. Authorities have taken swaps from the city's 132 retail stalls. ...

  8. News - Asia - CAMBODIA

    Cambodia fights surge in H5N1 deaths as Vietnam reports first death in 14 months

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 02:42pm by AFP

    ... killed seven people in China since February. “We’re monitoring it. We’re constantly on alert,” Sok Touch, head of the Cambodian health ministry’s disease surveillance bureau, said of the new ... of chickens kept in people’s backyards is “not realistic”. Instead animal health teams are carrying out enhanced surveillance, public awareness campaigns and training of local health workers. While ...

  9. Time to test wet markets region-wide, expert says

    Posted Mar 07th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... that surveillance of chickens was insufficient. 'There have been other cases also in mainland areas and in other places in Asia where there are no poultry outbreaks but there have been human cases,' he said. 'This is why we have been saying that a poultry outbreak alone is not adequate for surveillance, especially if you have ducks and geese in poultry markets. These ducks can ...

  10. WHO urges tougher measures to beat virus

    Posted Feb 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Mainland authorities urgently need to improve a weak animal surveillance system and introduce guidelines for poultry segregation and destruction if they want to control the bird ... and they don't protect their eyes. Political commitment on its own is not sufficient, you also have to make sure the animal surveillance system can give you some understanding about the extent ...




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