Animal Diseases

Sale of 40 tonnes of diseased pork sparks police inquiry

Officials probe sale of tonnes of infected pork. Photo: Reuters

Police in Nanjing county, Zhangzhou, detained a 44-year-old woman surnamed Lin and a 33-year-old man, busting an illegal operation in which 40 tonnes of pork was allegedly sold in three months, according to the Strait Metropolis Daily, a newspaper affiliated with the propaganda department in Fujian.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, 4:24pm 2 comments

World experts back plans for city veterinarian school

Vets can advise officials on how to manage the potential dangers of animal-related diseases. Photo: Dickson Lee

The facility would address the shortage of veterinarians in the city and help combat the mounting threat that animal-related diseases pose to people in the region.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

Veterinary surgeon shortage 'poses threat to public health'

Dr Jane Gray, chief veterinary surgeon for the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Photo: David Wong

A "shameful" shortage of care experts on farms due to Hong Kong's lack of training schools may lead to a rise in animal-related diseases, experts say.

27 Dec 2012 - 7:07am 3 comments

Animal epidemics escalating

The weak and ill-managed quarantine network is to blame for a rise in animal epidemics, particularly those that can be transmitted to humans, veterinary experts warn.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Botched goat tests leave 27 students ill

Northeast Agricultural University in Harbin, Heilongjiang has apologised for botched laboratory tests on goats that led to 27 students and one teacher contracting Bang's disease, an infectious disease that can lead to incapacitation and permanent damage to the central nervous system.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing foot-and-mouth confirmed

A top mainland veterinary official yesterday confirmed that foot-and-mouth disease had broken out near Beijing and in two other locations, and said more than 4,000 cattle had been slaughtered to bring the disease under control.

28 May 2005 - 12:00am

Reasons to be fearful

NOSEBLEED WAS TO be Jackie Chan's biggest movie to date. Instead, it never happened, because the fictional events in its screenplay became terrible reality on September 11, 2001. The story centred on a skyscraper window-washer, who in his work being hoisted up the World Trade Centre every day for a living, foils a terrorist plot to destroy the building.

22 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Disinfectant line is village's defence

Wuxue, Hubei

A bucket of disinfectant, a plastic scoop and a handful of policemen are the only defences between a confirmed bird flu outbreak in Zhangling village and the rest of Hubei province.

The tiny village is about a three-hour drive from the provincial capital Wuhan. It was confirmed on Friday as an epidemic 'hot spot'.

1 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Pick of the day

Without A Trace

Pearl, 10.35pm

The FBI's missing persons squad uses psychological profiling in its attempts to find people who have seemingly vanished. This new series stars Anthony LaPaglia, Eric Close (above left) and Poppy Montgomery (right) as members of a team assigned to solve apparently inexplicable disappearances.

7 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Pig farmers say they have lost thousands to foot-and-mouth

As the poultry trade battles to come to grips with bird flu, pig farmers say they have been hit hard by foot-and-mouth disease.

Wong Kwong-wing, chairman of the Hong Kong Pig Farms Association, said about 10,000 pigs from 100 farms had been infected with the disease in the past 10 months. There are about 320 pig farms in Hong Kong.

9 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Global disease

Television images of burning animal carcasses show the extent of the foot-and-mouth emergency in British farming. The virtual shut-down of rural Europe illustrates the efforts to try to hold the disease at bay there.

24 Mar 2001 - 12:00am