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  • Nov 27, 2014
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Bird Flu

Tobacco and roadside pollution more dangerous than bird flu

Given the rising concern over bird flu, it is worth recalling that there are other bigger killers in Hong Kong. In the past two weeks in which nine deaths have been recorded, Hong Kong's dirty air has led to 123 avoidable deaths.

Monday, 8 July, 2013, 12:25pm

China death toll hits 10 in H7N9 bird flu outbreak

The death toll from H7N9 bird flu in China reached 10 on Thursday with another victim in Shanghai, as China confirmed 38 human cases of H7N9 avian influenza after announcing on March 31 that it had found the strain in people for the first time.

12 Apr 2013 - 12:25pm

China bird flu threatens KFC parent Yum’s winning streak

KFC parent Yum Brands warned that a new bird flu outbreak in China badly hit restaurant sales there this month, even as the company also reported a sharper-than-expected slide in March sales in the country caused by the lingering impact of a separate food safety scare.

11 Apr 2013 - 11:32pm

Bird flu cure claim sparks rush for herbal root

Amid growing panic over the new strain of bird flu, some mainland officials have prescribed a surprising solution: hot brews of a root called ban lan gen.

11 Apr 2013 - 5:44am

Japan ramps up defences as fears of H7N9 grow

The Japanese government has instituted a series of measures designed to keep at bay the H7N9 bird flu sweeping through China, while pharmaceutical companies are making plans to deal with an outbreak in the event the disease beats defences at airports and ports.

11 Apr 2013 - 2:32am

Letters to the Editor, April 11, 2013

The collision last Friday night between a Cheung Chau ferry and a barge off Hei Ling Chau was not unexpected, since this area is criss-crossed by many fast ferries to Macau and the islands, and slow-moving barge traffic. Fortunately, no one was killed, but this could have easily been as bad as last year's Lamma collision.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 2 comments

Nanjing orders livestock cull to stem spread of H7N9 virus

Residents of Nanjing, Jiangsu province, are now banned from raising livestock as health authorities yesterday confirmed that five more people have contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus in the Yangtze River Delta.

11 Apr 2013 - 5:31am 2 comments

Shanghai stifled flu 'rumours' in early days, says report

A report said censors had shut down internet talk after the first few deaths from the virus but before a national lab confirmed H7N9 as a new strain of bird flu, weeks later.

10 Apr 2013 - 12:33pm 3 comments

H7N9 may mutate 8 times faster than regular flu

The new bird flu could be mutating up to eight times faster than an average flu virus around a protein that binds it to humans, a team of research scientists in Shenzhen says.

10 Apr 2013 - 12:24pm

Shanghai considers permanent ban on sale of live poultry

Authorities said yesterday the virus had claimed its eighth and ninth victims - an 83-year-old man from Suzhou , Jiangsu , who died a week after testing positive for the virus, and a 35-year-old woman from Chuzhou, Anhui.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:45am 2 comments

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

As China scrambles to contain a deadly new strain of bird flu, Cambodia is battling a spike in the better known H5N1 strain that is baffling experts a decade after a major outbreak began in Asia.

10 Apr 2013 - 1:32am

China bird flu ‘devastates’ poultry business

China’s deadly bird flu outbreak has dealt a “devastating” blow to the nation’s poultry sector, an industry group said on Tuesday, with sales reportedly plunging amid concerns over food safety.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Shanghai boy infected with H7N9 flu 'basically recovered'

Shanghai said the four-year-old boy was in “good condition" in what is the first reported recovery from the new strain of avian flu.

8 Apr 2013 - 7:19pm

Bird flu, property curbs hit Shanghai market

China’s onshore market slumped on Monday when trading resumed after the four-day Qingming festival, when stocks were hit by bird flu jitters and by fresh moves to curb Beijing’s housing sector.

8 Apr 2013 - 4:16pm

Faster test to detect H7N9 virus in Hong Kong chicken

All live chicken in Hong Kong – including those being raised locally or imported from the mainland on a daily basis – should undergo the test before being sold to consumers, the health minister said on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am