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  • Sep 21, 2014
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Bird Flu

Death of Zhejiang farmer raises China's human bird flu toll to six

A sixth person has died of H7N9 bird flu in China, state media said on Friday, after authorities slaughtered poultry in a mass cull at a Shanghai market where the virus has been detected.

Friday, 5 April, 2013, 11:20pm

Lack of preparedness leaves us exposed to the risk of a nightmare like Sars

While news that a coronavirus genetically related to Sars has been found in the Middle East is worrying Hong Kong, the H7N9 bird flu appears to be spreading across eastern China.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am 1 comment

'Eat only vegetables and fish,' retail boss' letter to staff about bird flu goes viral

Liu Qiangdong, chief executive of Jingdong Mall, China’s second-largest online retailer, sent out a caring letter to his employees on Wednesday, warning them against the deadly new strain of bird flu.

4 Apr 2013 - 4:06pm

Beijing will not 'exclude possibility' of H7N9 infections

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said although recent cases of human bird flu infection have been concentrated in eastern China, the city of Beijing was not “absolutely safe” from the virus.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:53pm 2 comments

H7N9 harder to track but less likely to cause disease

While the spread of H5N1 has been halted by culls of chickens, this will not work with the H7N9 virus, as it is not known to have caused widespread deaths among birds or other animals, says Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong.

4 Apr 2013 - 10:27am 1 comment

HKU checking that masks 70pc effective

The University of Hong Kong is retesting one of its earlier studies on the effectiveness of surgical masks that found they can reduce the spread of viruses by more than 70 per cent. The original study involved HKU, the University of Maryland and Harvard School of Public Health, and was conducted in 2009 in the United States.

4 Apr 2013 - 10:28am

Bird flu puts stalls off buying more chickens

Fears of bird flu have deterred live-chicken traders at wet markets from ordering extra birds for today's Ching Ming festival, even though they are traditional offerings for ancestors during the festival.

4 Apr 2013 - 10:27am

Another bird flu death as virus spreads to Zhejiang

The national health commission said the source of infection remained unknown, but listed poultry workers or people who had been in contact with poultry a week before the emergence of symptoms as a high-risk group.

4 Apr 2013 - 10:26am 2 comments

Hanoi bans China poultry after new bird flu strain deaths

Vietnam has announced an immediate ban on all Chinese poultry imports and stepped up border controls after its northern neighbour reported two deaths from a new strain of bird flu.

4 Apr 2013 - 10:29am

Bird flu scare gives shot in the arm to vaccine shares

Vaccine shares rose while mainland poultry companies declined on the stock market yesterday as the H7N9 bird flu scare in eastern China triggered speculation that Beijing could order a cull to prevent an epidemic.

Four people in Jiangsu province were reportedly fighting for their lives after it was confirmed they were infected with the virus.

4 Apr 2013 - 10:29am