Bird Flu

Tobacco and roadside pollution more dangerous than bird flu

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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

New checks have come into effect at Man Kam To Animal Inspection Station on live poultry being brought into Hong Kong. Photo: Felix Wong

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

The latest bird flu outbreak is being blamed for a 13 per cent fall in sales at Yum’s China restaurants, including a 16 per cent drop at KFC. Photo: EPA

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

A nurse taking care of an H7N9-contracted patient in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province. Growing panic over the new strain of bird flu has sparked panic buying of  ban lan gen, a perceived cure. Photo: Xinhua

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

A signboard at Haneda international airport in Tokyo advises travellers about the H7N9 bird flu outbreak. Photo: Reuters

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

A woman casts her ballot in suburban Jakarta. Photo: AP

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

Medical workers stage an exercise to prevent human infections of the H7N9 virus in Hefei, Anhui. Photo: Xinhua

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

People wear masks as a precaution against bird flu on a street in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

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

A doctor looks at lung CT images and chest films of a man infected with H7N9. The new bird flu could be mutating up to eight times faster than an average flu virus. Photo: Xinhua

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

A notice alongside empty cages says the poultry stalls at a Shanghai market are closed. Photo: AFP

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

A Cambodian woman feeds chickens in her backyard at a village in Kadal province, east of Phnom Penh. Photo: AFP

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

A health worker sprays disinfectant at a closed live poultry trade market in Wuhan, Hebei province. Photo: Xinhua

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'

A Chinese health worker traps pigeons at a park in Shanghai, for culling. Photo: AFP

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

A vendor plucks slaughtered chickens at a poultry market in Wuhan, Hubei province. Photo: Reuters

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

A live chicken stall at the Kowloon City wet market. Photo: Edward Wong

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