Bird Flu

public health

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 Why did the government decide to shelve the plan for a central slaughterhouse for chickens?

a. Because it is too expensive to build.

Thursday, 10 June, 2010, 12:00am

City on alert for bird flu as virus kills Hubei woman

Hong Kong is on alert against bird flu after a pregnant woman in Hubei province died of the infectious disease on Thursday.

The death, the first this year, was disclosed last night by the Ministry of Health, which has also notified the World Health Organisation, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

5 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Vendors break the rules on live chickens

Vendors of live chickens are not adhering to a set of hygiene rules and guidelines aimed at reducing the risk of bird flu outbreaks, with many slaughtering chickens bare-handed and some keeping poultry in overcrowded cages.

3 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Reading the cards makes for some interesting times

I used to think it was a Jewish curse to wish someone to live in interesting times. But then a Jewish friend of mine told me she thought it was an ancient Chinese curse. So now I'm not so sure. Perhaps more erudite readers can enlighten me. But one way or another, our beloved city's return to the bosom of the great motherland has brought on some interesting times.

30 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Central slaughtering won't affect retail chicken prices, minister says

Retail chicken prices should stay within the range of HK$30 to HK$40 a catty after central slaughtering was introduced, the health minister said yesterday.

York Chow Yat-ngok told legislators that central slaughtering - proposed to take the place of live-chicken sales and reduce the risk of bird flu - was still viable although demand for live chickens had dropped.

26 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

HK police, poultry traders scuffle

A scuffle broke out in Hong Kong yesterday between police and about 30 poultry traders who were demanding that the government increase live-chicken imports for the Lunar New Year holiday.

They demonstrated outside the Murray Building in Central and demanded that Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok come out to accept their petition.

21 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Buyout offer sweetened for chicken retailers

Another HK$100 million was being offered to chicken retailers in an effort to persuade them to give up their licences, government sources said yesterday.

The hope is that 90 per cent will agree to the buyout as the city tries to sell its final solution to reduce the risk of bird flu by offering the trade a new HK$1.1 billion package.

25 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

No time to play chicken when lives are at stake

The government knows that the biggest single health threat Hong Kong faces is bird flu. And they are well aware that the best way to keep the virus at bay is to ensure that people do not come into contact with infected birds.

25 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Thursday Think-tank

Five things we're all wondering about

1 RTHK worker convicted of fraud ... there's an easier way to scam money from the government now - get hired as a political appointee.

2 Lantau villagers' access cut off by rainstorm ... they felt like Hong Kong motorists during the diesel tax road protest.

12 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Complacency and timidity hamper bird flu fight

The detection of the deadly H5N1 virus in samples taken from live chickens at a popular market is a chilling reminder that the threat posed by bird flu has never left Hong Kong. This is the first time the virus has been detected in a city wet market for five years, which suggests that safeguards put in place have been working well.

8 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Lessons of Sars must never be forgotten

Where Sars came from and where it has gone remains a mystery, even though five years have passed and a great deal of research has been carried out. Lessons have been learned from the terrible outbreak in 2003. But the true test will come when a similar virus strikes, as it inevitably will.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Bioweapons fear over use of bird flu samples

Indonesian health minister Siti Fadillah Supari said she feared that bird flu samples sent to the World Health Organisation could be used by a US government laboratory to create biological weapons.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

HKU, drug giant join hands against bird flu

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is collaborating with one of the largest mainland drugs manufacturers in developing a possible cure for bird flu.

29 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Poultry workers unruffled by bird flu cases

The mainland might have lost its taste for Nanjing's famed local speciality, saltwater duck, but some residents of Jiangsu's capital seem unruffled about being at the epicentre of the latest outbreak of deadly bird flu.

A 24-year-old Nanjing man died from the H5N1 virus on December 2, becoming the 17th person to die of bird flu on the mainland since 2003.

6 May 2015 - 4:35pm

The vulnerable end of dealing in drugs

Pill trade plagued by fads, fate and broken promises

An industry whose success hinges on fate, fads and government policy is fraught with peril. And no one knows that better than investors in drugs and biotech companies.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am