Bird Flu

Mainland poultry could be allowed into market before results of bird-flu tests

The government still needs to find aback-up facility for local birds, but hopes it can do so within four months. Photo: AFP

Live poultry from the mainland would be allowed back in the Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market before the results of their bird-flu tests were known, under a new government plan.

Monday, 24 February, 2014, 8:19pm

Leung Chun-ying under fire for urging Hongkongers to stop buying live chicken

Hong Kong health officials approach a wet market on Tuesday.

Lawmakers accused Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying of being insensitive to stricken chicken farmers by urging Hongkongers to consider ending their tradition of buying live poultry for cooking.

29 Jan 2014 - 3:37pm 3 comments

More powerful test on chickens to boost defence against bird flu

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man. Photo: Edward Wong

Starting from Friday, the government will test live poultry imports with a more sensitive plasma test as threats of the deadly H7 bird flu virus loom in the mainland, the health minister said on Thursday.

23 Jan 2014 - 11:39am

Yum China sales recovering from food safety, bird flu concerns

KFC parent Yum Brands says sales fell less than expected in China despite a food safety scare and bird flu. Photo: Reuters

KFC parent Yum Brands has reported a smaller than expected decline in June sales at established restaurants in China, showing signs of recovery after sales were drastically hit by a food safety scare and a bird flu outbreak.

11 Jul 2013 - 12:33pm

Six-year-old Cambodian girl dies from bird flu

A Cambodian man carries chickens at a Phnom Penh market as the country battles the H5N1 bird flu strain that has baffled experts a decade after a major outbreak began in Asia. Photo: AFP

A six-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, bringing the country’s toll from the deadly virus to nine so far this year, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

The girl, from the southern province of Kampot, died in a children’s hospital in the capital Phnom Penh on June 28, the WHO said in a joint statement with the Cambodian health ministry.

2 Jul 2013 - 9:25pm

Don't let profit stall fight against disease

Participants arrive for an update meeting on the Influenza A (H7N9) situation during the 66th World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the United Nations in Geneva. Photo: Reuters

Nothing unites the world more than fighting disease. Despite differences in culture, religion and politics, countries today are closer than ever in fighting viruses and bacteria that can kill. The protection of public health is both a goal and a responsibility. Each country should work harder to ensure citizens' well-being and, ultimately, the good of mankind.

1 Jun 2013 - 1:36am

H7N9 bird flu appears contained, UN health experts say

Chinese Health Mininster Li Bin. Photo: Xinhua

The H7N9 virus appears to have been brought under control in China largely due to restrictions at bird markets, but caused some US$6.5 billion in losses to the economy, UN experts said.

Health authorities worldwide must be on the lookout to detect the virus, which could still develop the ability to spread easily among humans and cause a deadly influenza pandemic, the experts said.

23 May 2013 - 5:01am

World not ready for mass flu outbreak, says WHO

WHO deputy chief Keiji Fukuda. Photo: AFP

The world is unprepared for a massive virus outbreak, the deputy chief of the World Health Organisation warned on Tuesday, amid fears that H7N9 bird flu striking China could morph into a form that spreads easily among people.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

No new H7N9 cases in China for a week

WHO head Margaret Chan urged caution on Monday at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. “Influenza viruses constantly reinvent themselves. No one can predict the future course of this outbreak," she said. Photo: AP

No new human cases of the H7N9 virus have been recorded in China for a week, national health authorities said, for the first time since the outbreak began in March.

One previously infected patient died in the week beginning between May 13, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a statement late on Monday, taking the total number of fatalities from the virus to 36.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Bird flu outbreak costs China's poultry industry US$65b

H7N9 avian influenza has infected 130 people in China, killing 35, since it was found in humans for the first time, according to the latest official data. Photo: AFP

China’s human H7N9 bird flu outbreak has cost the country’s poultry industry more than 400 billion yuan (HK$500 billion) as consumers shun chicken, government officials said according to state media Monday.

20 May 2013 - 1:53pm

Talking points

Blind Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng

Chen to address British MPS

20 May 2013 - 1:52am

Poultry farms may be H7N9 source, study finds

Poultry farms might be the source of the H7N9 virus. Photo: Xinhua

The study, compiled after a week-long field assessment of the influenza by a panel of experts commissioned by the WHO, was publicised by the National Health and Family Planning Commission yesterday.

19 May 2013 - 6:12am

Guangzhou halts exports from poultry farm to HK after bird flu found nearby

Exports from a Guangzhou poultry farm have been suspended after the bird flu virus was found in a nearby market.

The Centre for Food Safety said it learned from the Guangdong Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau that a H7 subtype of the virus was found in a poultry sample taken from a market stall in Zengcheng on Wednesday.

17 May 2013 - 3:11am

China bird flu devastates Shanghai family

Relatives of Kelly Gu walk through the grounds of an isolation hospital in southwest Shanghai, where Gu's father lies critically ill with H7N9 bird flu. Photo: AFP

The virus has already killed her mother, and Kelly Gu’s father lies critically ill with H7N9 bird flu in a Shanghai hospital bed – the only couple both infected in China’s outbreak of the disease.

As her mother lay dying Gu was urgently summoned back to Shanghai from her doctoral studies in chemistry in France, but she was too late, missing the chance to say goodbye by a day.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Warmer weather may be curbing spread of bird flu in China

A 31-year-old woman waves as she leaves a hospital in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, after making a full recovery from the H7N9 bird flu virus. Photo: Xinhua

Government measures and favourable weather may be limiting the spread of a deadly new bird flu, as the number of reported cases has dropped sharply this month, say health experts.

16 May 2013 - 4:43am