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Global Spread of H5n1

Australian farm quarantined to contain bird flu outbreak

Australia’s first outbreak of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus in 15 years should be contained by a cull of 50,000 chickens, authorities said on Friday, although they don’t know what caused the case at an egg farm in New South Wales state.

Friday, 16 November, 2012, 4:34pm

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.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Tests confirm H5N1 in dead black-headed gulls

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The best way to keep viruses at bay

Infectious diseases, as Hong Kong well knows, are not to be taken lightly. The city's crowded conditions and attractiveness for travel, tourism and business mean that viruses can easily take hold and spread rapidly. We have learned that vigilance, transparency, a questioning media and unambiguous preventative measures are the best way to keep viruses at bay.

4 Jan 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.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Guangdong official back-pedals on bird-flu death

Guangdong authorities said yesterday they were unsure whether the death of a bird flu victim in Shenzhen was related to migratory birds, changing their tone a day after they described a wetland park visited by the victim as 'highly suspicious'.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

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.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Chickens culled after H5N1 find

The early birds were lucky, the rest missed out.

Hongkongers quickly snapped up the few live chickens remaining on market stalls yesterday after the government halted supplies from wholesalers and ordered a cull following the discovery of deadly H5N1 bird flu in a dead chicken on Tuesday.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Bird flu vigilance can never waver

Bird flu remains the single biggest threat to public health in Hong Kong, the site of the first outbreak of the deadly disease among humans in 1997. The reappearance of the H5N1 virus in our live-chicken market has prompted health authorities to implement drastic precautionary measures.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Cull halts HK live-chicken supplies after H5N1 found

Hong Kong will have no live-chicken supplies for three weeks, with the government to cull 17,000 chickens in the Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market today after a chicken found dead there was confirmed to have the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain.

21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Lab tests can miss bird flu, expert warns

Lingering bird flu infections in recovering patients could be missed by laboratory tests, leaving the patients vulnerable and a potential source of infection in the community, a microbiologist warned yesterday.

17 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Two dead birds flu-free, but more found

Two dead birds found on a north Lantau beach were not carrying the bird flu virus, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said last night.

But officers yesterday found nine more carcasses - one duck, six chickens and two other birds - on two north Lantau beaches.

4 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

Yesterday's report, 'Woman, 27, dies of bird flu on mainland, a day after toddler tests positive for virus', on page A1 stated, wrongly, that a 27-year-old woman had died of the H5N1 virus in Shandong , provincial capital of Jinan . It should have said that Jinan is the capital of Shandong province. The error was introduced in the editing process.

20 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Dead crow may have H5 virus

Preliminary tests indicate a dead house crow found in Sham Shui Po may have been carrying the H5 strain of bird flu, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said. The bird's carcass was found on October 15 at the trash collection chamber in Sham Shui Po park. A department spokesman said precautionary measures were being stepped up.

18 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Bird flu in Hong Kong: a brief history

December 1997 More than 1.5 million chickens culled in city after H5N1 bird flu virus jumps species barrier for first time and kills six of 18 people infected.

May 2001 Some 1.2 million chickens culled after bird flu found in live chickens in wet market.

July 2001 Regular wet market cleaning days introduced.

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

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