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Six-year-old Cambodian girl dies from bird flu

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.

Tuesday, 2 July, 2013, 9:25pm

H5N1 flu research sparks ethical and safety debate

A team of top Chinese researchers has found that swapping a single gene of the H5N1 bird flu virus with one from H1N1 human flu makes it transmissible between guinea pigs, representing a jump from bird to mammals.

4 May 2013 - 5:51am 4 comments

Cambodia fights surge in H5N1 deaths as Vietnam reports first death in 14 months

As China scrambles to contain a deadly new strain of bird flu, Cambodia is battling a spike in the better known H5N1 strain that is baffling experts a decade after a major outbreak began in Asia.

10 Apr 2013 - 1:32am

China reports second fatal case of bird flu this year, in Guizhou

The 31-year-old died in hospital in the city of Guiyang on Friday, the Guizhou province health department statement said, adding that no other human cases of bird flu had been reported in the province. Another city resident, a 21-year-old woman, died from the virus earlier this month.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:21am

Hong Kong must avoid the health threat of complacency

Wwhile Sars may now seem a distant memory, we forget the lessons of it at our peril. We should heed the reminder sounded by the emergence of a new Sars-like virus and confirmation that the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has infected two young adults and killed one of them in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am

Scientists warn of more serious disease threats than Sars

A decade on from the Sars outbreak, experts agree that the disease could return - but its effects are unlikely to be as devastating as in 2003. Hong Kong is now fully capable of battling an epidemic - such as severe acute respiratory syndrome - thanks to much improved infrastructure and management software, they say. But that's no reason to be complacent in the battle against contagious diseases.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:28am

Guiyang woman dies of bird flu in hospital

A 21-year-old woman died in a in Guiyang hospital of bird flu on Wednesday, state media said, a rare case in the country of a fatality from the H5N1 virus since a major outbreak a decade ago.


14 Feb 2013 - 1:08am

Two more cases of human bird flu in China

China reported two human cases of bird flu in the southwestern city of Guiyang on Sunday, with both patients in a critical condition, the official Xinhua news agency said.

A 21-year-old woman and 31-year-old man tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus on Sunday after developing symptoms on February 2 and February 3 respectively, Xinhua said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Four-year-old dies from bird flu in Indonesia

A four-year-old boy has died of bird flu in Indonesia, the health ministry said on Tuesday, the 10th fatal case in the country this year.

The boy, from Bogor district in western Java, died on December 6 after a week of high fever.

18 Dec 2012 - 11:43am

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.

Stall owners at the market in Yuen Po Street could not estimate how much business they had lost, but said they were happy with the HK$12,000 compensation from the government.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am