Bird Garden back in business after flu scare

Mong Kok's Bird Garden was open for business for the first time in three weeks yesterday following its closure amid a bird flu scare.

Wednesday, 6 May, 2015, 4:39pm

City Digest

Bird Garden reopens after bird flu alert

The Bird Garden in Mong Kok, where samples from a stallholder's cages tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus, will reopen today after being closed for 21 days for inspections. The government will provide a one-off payment of HK$12,000 to each of the 69 stall owners in the garden and a month's rental waiver.

6 May 2015 - 4:39pm

High risk of winter bird flu outbreak

A rare summer bird flu case and a delay in the latest vaccine for poultry could add up to a severe outbreak of the deadly virus this winter, an expert warned as he urged the government to step up monitoring of the disease.

6 May 2015 - 4:39pm

Bird stall owners to seek damages for lost trade

Two-thirds of stall owners in Mong Kok's Bird Garden, closed for three weeks after a trace of deadly H5N1 bird flu was found in a stall, say they will ask the government for compensation for lost trade.

Each should be paid between HK$30,000 and HK$40,000, said Shek Kwok-keung, who heads a group of stall operators.

6 May 2015 - 4:39pm

Bird Garden closed in flu scare

Bird Garden in Mong Kok was yesterday closed for three weeks and more than 1,000 birds were slaughtered after traces of potentially deadly bird flu were found in a shop.

The H5N1 virus was detected in a swab sample collected last month from a bird cage holding an Oriental magpie robin, raising fears the disease could be passed to pet buyers.

6 May 2015 - 4:39pm

Little to fear from bird flu - unless you're a chicken

As you read the news, perhaps you ask yourself: 'Why aren't half of us dead from bird flu?'

After all, renowned flu hunter Robert Webster remarked in 2006 that 'society just can't accept the idea that 50 per cent of the population could die... I'm sorry if I'm making people a little frightened, but I feel it's my role.'

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Disease victims in cry for help

Shanghai resident Wu Jun has not set foot outside his home for more than 18 months.

Wu has ALS, a rare disease of the brain and spinal cord nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Toddler's rare bird flu worries experts

The results of further viral tests on a two-year-old boy who was infected by avian flu in Guangdong have health experts worried as there is no vaccination so far to stop the particular strain from circulating among poultry.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Parents warned of bird flu risk

Parents should keep young children out of wet markets, a doctor warned yesterday, as officials confirmed a two-year-old boy who came to Hong Kong from Guangzhou nine days ago has the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, with his condition worsening in the last 24 hours.

The Centre for Health Protection revealed the boy had visited a wet market selling live poultry in Guangzhou in May.

6 May 2015 - 4:29pm

Guangdong boy in Hong Kong has bird flu

Hospitals have been put on serious alert after a boy who came to Hong Kong from Guangdong was confirmed to have caught bird flu.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Law professor pleads guilty to shoplifting

6 May 2015 - 4:39pm

Too dangerous to publish?

Some say it's a nightmare scenario out of the old movie Outbreak with Dustin Hoffman or the newer Contagion by Steven Soderberg: a pandemic caused by the accidental release of a man-made strain of lethal H5N1 bird flu virus.

Could such a disaster happen in real life?

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

5 dead birds in Causeway Bay tested for virus

Five birds found dead in Causeway Bay yesterday are being tested for the H5N1 virus, just weeks after a ban on live chicken sales was lifted.

Meanwhile, a ranger who handled a dead bird at a family camp site in Sai Kung last week was released from hospital last night after being admitted with flu-like symptoms.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Welfare pay rises to kick in next month

6 May 2015 - 4:39pm

City Digest

Police checking incident outside Dolce & Gabbana

6 May 2015 - 4:39pm