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.Tuesday, 30 May, 2006, 12:00am
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.30 May 2006 - 12:00am
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
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
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
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.21 Mar 2006 - 12:00am
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
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
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.18 Feb 2006 - 12:00am