Bird Flu

kevin sinclair's hong kong

It's easy to moan. It's simple to groan. Hongkongers tend to do a lot of both.

Wednesday, 28 February, 2007, 12:00am

WHO invited to test 'first' H5N1 victim

Mainland scientists say soldier who died in 2003 had bird flu - two years before first confirmed death

Beijing has invited the World Health Organisation to send experts to take part in retrospective tests on a possible first human H5N1 death discovered on the mainland.

26 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Bird flu project constrained by mainland, says expert

The University of Hong Kong cannot move forward with a computer system to track future human-to-human transmission of bird flu because of 'constraints' in collecting data from the mainland, a professor involved in the project says.

6 May 2015 - 4:35pm

Independence crucial for scientific endeavour

The independence, integrity and sharing of scientific research are principles dear to mankind. They have been instrumental in delivering results that have changed the course of history, such as the discovery of antibiotics and vaccines to protect us against diseases that have killed countless millions.

23 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Tackle issue at heart of bird flu, says expert

Hong Kong has failed to address the crux of the bird flu problem - live poultry imports from the mainland - a local expert in infectious diseases says in a new book marking the 10th anniversary of the emergence of the disease.

6 May 2015 - 4:43pm

Fresh start for kicked-out cat

Freddy the tomcat, kicked out by his owners after taking home a dead bird amid the bird flu scare, has been given not only a new name, but also a home.

Freddy now has to learn his Chinese name, Foon Sum, which means a forgiving heart.

'I planned to adopt this cat ever since I read about it in the newspaper,' his new owner Tse Li-ming said yesterday.

21 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Have your say

Slaughterhouse plan is a good idea

I support the government's plan to set up a centralised slaughterhouse. I feel it is essential for the government to control the amount of local and imported poultry in the city. The risk of a bird flu outbreak is still very serious.

15 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Slaughterhouse opponents fear bird flu threat

Plan would see poultry processed 200 metres from homes

Opposition was mounting yesterday over a government plan for a poultry slaughterhouse to be built about 200 metres from a residential area in Sheung Shui.

31 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Cap on chicken imports could be eased

Three-week ban ends on Sunday, but traders say limiting supply to 20,000 birds a day will ruin them

Imports of live chickens from the mainland will resume on Sunday, with the government hinting yesterday that the 20,000-a-day supply could be increased after a review next month.

6 May 2015 - 4:29pm

'Hospital alert system is failing'

Hospitals need a new way to keep staff informed about outbreaks of infectious disease because the colour-coded system adopted in the wake of Sars is failing to maintain appropriate awareness, a Sars hero has warned.

20 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Counting the cost of bird flu

What would happen to economies in Asia and other parts of the world if bird flu triggered a global influenza epidemic among humans? Historically, the interval between pandemics since 1889 is 10 to 40 years. The last pandemic outbreak was 38 years ago, in 1968. Many medical specialists believe that another one is overdue.

24 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Stop dragging feet over live chicken sales

If Hong Kong's live chicken stalls are closed because of the bird flu threat, the poultry trade says 3,000 people would lose their jobs and part of the local culture might be lost forever. Scientists say that every day the stalls remain open represents a heightened risk of infection with the deadly H5N1 virus to stallholders and the rest of the community.

6 May 2015 - 4:43pm

Abattoir rethink splits legislators

The government's decision to seek a site for a central chicken slaughterhouse in the New Territories rather than in urban Western district to reduce the risks from a bird flu outbreak has divided legislators.

10 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Plan of defence

Scientists, the WHO and now the UN have all warned that the H5N1 virus found in poultry and birds will find a way to transfer from human to human and create a global pandemic that could kill 150 million people.

5 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

In Brief

Bird flu ruled out in suspect cases at hospital

Health authorities have ruled out Sars or bird flu in the cases of three patients and a medical staff member who became ill with flu-like symptoms in a Prince of Wales Hospital ward.

The three patients, aged 49 to 76, and the staff member have been isolated and the ward has barred new admissions and visitors.

20 Jan 2005 - 12:00am