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  1. Surveillance for bird flu over Lunar New Year

    Posted Feb 13th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing With the world's largest human migration already under way for the Lunar New Year, the mainland is stepping up surveillance of pneumonia cases with unknown causes to ward off an outbreak of bird flu. Mao Qunan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, said hospitals had been told to boost surveillance and reporting of pneumonia deaths, and other ...

  2. WTO puts faith in surveillance system

    Posted Sep 06th 2003, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... A travel warning is unlikely to be imposed on Beijing if Sars reoccurs on the mainland this winter, as long as a new surveillance system is effective, says WHO China representative Henk Bekedam. Mr Bekedam said the World Health Organisation hoped that a surveillance system, aimed at identifying suspected Sars cases quickly, could help avoid the need for any travel warnings ...

  3. Improve pneumonia surveillance, hospitals told

    Posted May 11th 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma The Ministry of Health has asked hospitals to file written reports on pneumonia cases in an attempt to ensure early identification of bird flu and other infectious diseases. Ministry spokesman Mao Qunan said there had been no human cases linked to the latest bird flu outbreak among birds in Qinghai. But he said surveillance of pneumonia cases with unknown causes ...

  4. Children fall ill with flu-like symptoms

    Posted Apr 26th 2008, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... Fox Yi Hu Health authorities yesterday received a report of three children developing flu-like illnesses at a primary school. The Centre for Health Protection also received reports of a five-year-old girl and an 11-month-old boy with flu-like illnesses under the surveillance system. Preliminary tests on the girl, in Tuen Mun Hospital, and the boy, in Queen Mary Hospital, were negative ...

  5. Summer flu season has arrived

    Posted Jun 17th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... surveillance report released yesterday. The number of cases has been rising since the week ending June 3 with 60 cases per 1,000 consultations compared with 54.9 the previous week. 'There are also ... look on the influenza surveillance systems in coming weeks.' No similar developments were detected in child-care centres, elderly homes and hospital discharges. Meanwhile, 18 Hong Kong ...

  6. 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. ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Flu prediction tool shunned

    Posted Jun 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for the Centre for Health Protection said the city's influenza surveillance systems were extensive and it had no plans to partner with Google's flu prediction tools. Hong Kong has one of the most efficient flu surveillance systems in the world and works with the World Health Organisation and overseas health authorities. Last week, the centre confirmed that the city had its longest ...

  9. Virus likely circulated in pigs for a decade: study

    Posted Jun 13th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... which investigated the origin and evolution of swine flu using data from long-term influenza surveillance conducted in Hong Kong. One of the researchers, Gavin Smith, said a 'molecular ... the University of Hong Kong, Yi Guan, said the results showed that systematic surveillance of influenza in pigs should be established. 'Despite widespread influenza surveillance in humans, the lack ...

  10. Action not taken on fatal illness for 3 years

    Posted Sep 10th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The department denied the media accusation of a cover-up but conceded it wasn't until May that it began to carry out surveillance of symptoms and training of medical staff that 'involved more ... then because of 'limited knowledge about the disease'. 'The CDC paid high attention to the disease and started surveillance. But we had only symptoms, and we couldn't explain ...




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