Bird Flu

Hong Kong must avoid the health threat of complacency

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun. Photo: AFP

Wwhile Sars may now seem a distant memory, we forget the lessons of it at our peril. We should heed the reminder sounded by the emergence of a new Sars-like virus and confirmation that the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has infected two young adults and killed one of them in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province.

Friday, 22 February, 2013, 4:04am

Briefs, February 17, 2013

Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan is on the way out.

Former Los Angeles policeman Christopher Dorner, who launched a reign of terror against former colleagues and their families, died from a single gunshot wound to the head, a coroner said.

17 Feb 2013 - 6:35am

Ducks slaughtered after bird flu found at German farm

Desinfection equipment being prepared on Saturday at a company near Seelow, Brandenburg state, Germany, where ducks have been diganosed with bird flu. Photo: EPA

 About 14,000 ducks at a German farm were being slaughtered on Saturday following a bird flu outbreak.

A federal labouratory confirmed the H5N1 virus was detected at the farm near Seelow, east of Berlin - the first such finding in Germany in more than three years.

16 Feb 2013 - 9:03pm

Guiyang woman dies of bird flu in hospital

A vendor selects chickens for a customer at a poultry market in Shanghai. Photo: AP

A 21-year-old woman died in a in Guiyang hospital of bird flu on Wednesday, state media said, a rare case in the country of a fatality from the H5N1 virus since a major outbreak a decade ago.


14 Feb 2013 - 1:08am

Briefs, February 13, 2013

More than 370 Cathay Pacific passengers were held up for six hours yesterday after faults were found with two airliners. Some passengers argued with staff at a boarding gate for Sapporo-bound flight CX2580.

13 Feb 2013 - 4:30am

Bird flu cases on mainland fail to deter Hong Kong demand for chicken

Chicken sells well over the Lunar New Year holidays, despite reported bird flu cases in the mainland. Photo: Felix Wong

The two people - a 21-year-old woman and 31-year-old man - tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus in Guiyang, Guizhou province, Xinhua said on Sunday. The woman developed symptoms on February 2 and the man the next day.

12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am

Two more cases of human bird flu in China

A poultry seller in Loudi, central China's Hunan province, in 2009. A man and a woman tested positive for H5N1 on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

China reported two human cases of bird flu in the southwestern city of Guiyang on Sunday, with both patients in a critical condition, the official Xinhua news agency said.

A 21-year-old woman and 31-year-old man tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus on Sunday after developing symptoms on February 2 and February 3 respectively, Xinhua said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, January 30, 2013

A display on assessment about the impact of supposed nuclear attack on Seoul at the Korea War Memorial Museum. Photo: AP

Bodies believed to be those of an international financier and his wife have been unearthed in Japan. Makoto Shimomi, 51, who reportedly runs a Liechtenstein-based investment fund, and Mie Shimomi, 48, disappeared after leaving their Tokyo home on December 7. 

30 Jan 2013 - 4:45am

Briefs, January 26, 2013

A class is held in a tent at an evacuation centre. Photo: Reuters

The UN said it needed another US$48.6 million to give "life-saving assistance" to survivors of Typhoon Bopha, which killed 1,060 and left 800 others missing in the south of the country. 

26 Jan 2013 - 4:28am

Briefs, December 27, 2012

Myanmar President Thein Sein addresses to government department officials in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Photo: Xinhua

Myanmar's president has voiced rare public criticism of his government, saying rampant corruption, bribery and inefficiency were getting in the way of the country's much-touted reform process. 

11 Jun 2015 - 3:25pm

Briefs, December 23, 2012

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said yesterday that the government was mulling whether to review the law to better monitor cooking oil companies.

23 Dec 2012 - 4:55am

Briefs, December 19, 2012

South Korean navy sailors stand guard near a part of debris believed to be a fuel container of the first stage rocket from a rocket launched by North Korea. Photo: AP

Malaysia's maritime agency has come to the rescue of 40 Myanmar shipwreck survivors, thought to be Muslim Rohingya fleeing ethnic violence. It said the survivors of a wreck off the Myanmar coast on December 4, in which 160 others were reportedly drowned, were in good health and being taken to Johor state. 

19 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Four-year-old dies from bird flu in Indonesia

A four-year-old boy has died of bird flu in Indonesia, the health ministry said on Tuesday, the 10th fatal case in the country this year.

The boy, from Bogor district in western Java, died on December 6 after a week of high fever.

18 Dec 2012 - 11:43am

H7 bird flu at Australian farm; 'no impact' on food safety

H7 bird flu at Australian farm; 'no impact' on food safety

Australia, a major exporter of foodstuffs to Hong Kong, has reported its first outbreak of deadly bird flu in 15 years, on a poultry farm in New South Wales.

17 Nov 2012 - 3:05am

Australian farm quarantined to contain bird flu outbreak

Australia’s first outbreak of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus in 15 years should be contained by a cull of 50,000 chickens, authorities said on Friday, although they don’t know what caused the case at an egg farm in New South Wales state.

6 May 2015 - 4:29pm