Fujian Flu

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.

Sunday, 5 February, 2012, 12:00am

Chicken supplier's products banned

Imports of frozen chickens and all other poultry products from a Shenzhen supplier will be banned in Hong Kong for 21 days from yesterday, after the bird flu death of a man in Shenzhen.

6 May 2015 - 4:29pm

HK alert after bus driver's bird flu death

A Shenzhen bus driver has died of bird flu - the first fatal case of the H5N1 virus in China in 18 months - prompting Hong Kong authorities to step up their vigilance.

The man, surnamed Chen and aged 39, died of multiple organ failure yesterday after a week in hospital.

6 May 2015 - 4:39pm

Creating new vaccines the key in bird flu battle

A lack of vaccine choices is one of the main hurdles that must be overcome if the city is to cope with any mutation of bird flu, according to an expert.

Microbiology professor Ho Pak-leung of the University of Hong Kong said any mutation could pose health threats if the existing vaccines were no longer effective.

6 May 2015 - 4:39pm

Market business brisk as ban on live chicken sales lifted

Live chicken stalls in wet markets welcomed streams of customers yesterday as the 21-day ban on sales was lifted. A total of 23,231 chickens were available at an average wholesale price of HK$20.2 per catty, a government spokesman said.

31 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Chickens continue to fly off shelves despite bird flu scare

Hongkongers are still buying poultry for the Dragon Boat Festival despite a bird flu scare.

A 60-year-old woman visiting the H5N1-infected Po On Road Market in Sham Shui Po said she was not worried the virus had been found in samples taken from birds there last week.

6 May 2015 - 4:35pm

Father caught bird flu from son: official

A mainland man who died of bird flu passed the disease on to his father in the latest human case, the Ministry of Health confirmed yesterday.

But ministry spokesman Mao Qunan said there was no evidence that the virus had mutated into a form that was easily transmissible among humans.

6 May 2015 - 4:35pm

Stallholders want bird market reopened

Stallholders at Mong Kok's Bird Garden have called on the government to reopen the market as soon as possible since no further traces of bird flu have been found.

The Yuen Po Street market has been closed since Sunday after the H5N1 virus was found on Saturday in a faecal swab taken from a Daurian starling.

21 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Keeping vigilant best way to combat bird flu

Vigilance is our best defence against bird flu and it has been deployed wisely in shutting down the Bird Garden in Mong Kok after a sample taken by health inspectors was found to contain the virus. Only when the shops and cages have been cleansed, the birds checked and regulatory measures re-examined should the market be allowed to re-open.

6 May 2015 - 4:29pm

PLA soldier has lethal bird flu

A 19-year-old People's Liberation Army soldier has been confirmed as having H5N1 bird flu strain, the Health Ministry has announced.

The soldier, identified only by his surname Cheng, is receiving treatment at an army hospital, the ministry said yesterday on its website, without indicating his condition.

27 May 2007 - 12:00am

Dead birds had Fujian strain of H5N1 virus

Scientists find genetic link with deaths and mainland province

The first seven of 11 dead birds that have tested positive for H5N1 bird flu this year had the so-called Fujian-like strain of the virus first described by University of Hong Kong virologists.

6 May 2015 - 4:29pm

'Hidden' H5N1 is mainland's challenge: WHO Beijing chief

The mainland faces a challenge to identify where the bird flu virus is 'hiding' and to fight it at source, says the World Health Organisation's top man in Beijing.

The H5N1 virus might be hiding in healthy-looking ducks and geese, partly because of a massive vaccination programme that resulted in birds being only partly immunised against the deadly virus, said Henk Bekedam.

1 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Bird flu expert stands by research

H5N1 strain might already have become established in migratory waterfowl, warns Guan Yi

Sars and bird flu hero Guan Yi has broken his silence over a rift with mainland agriculture officials after his studies showed that an H5N1 variant might have sparked a third wave of outbreaks in poultry in the region since last year.

27 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

A welcome sign of more bird flu transparency

The mainland's apparently prompt announcement yesterday of its first human H5N1 bird flu case of the winter influenza season was welcome proof of a changed attitude towards infectious disease outbreaks. This is hopefully a sign that authorities have learned that secrecy in the name of preventing panic is dangerous when dealing with viruses, and openness is the only viable option.

6 May 2015 - 4:35pm

A healthy new year?

If those entrusted to make the big decisions for Hong Kong can put aside their fears and choose to be assertive next year, 2006 could go down as a turning point for health, not just in Hong Kong, but all of China.

6 May 2015 - 4:35pm