Six-year-old Cambodian girl dies from bird flu

A Cambodian man carries chickens at a Phnom Penh market as the country battles the H5N1 bird flu strain that has baffled experts a decade after a major outbreak began in Asia. Photo: AFP

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

Chen Hualan and her team published the research study. Photo: Harbin Veterinary Research Institute

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

A Cambodian woman feeds chickens in her backyard at a village in Kadal province, east of Phnom Penh. Photo: AFP

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

China is considered one of the nations most at risk from bird flu epidemics because it has the world's biggest poultry population. Photo: Reuters

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

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun. Photo: AFP

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

Illustration: Joe Lo

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 vendor selects chickens for a customer at a poultry market in Shanghai. Photo: AP

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

A poultry seller in Loudi, central China's Hunan province, in 2009. A man and a woman tested positive for H5N1 on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

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

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.

6 May 2015 - 4:29pm

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.

6 May 2015 - 4:39pm

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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