Influenza a Virus

Flu prediction tool shunned

Hong Kong has no plans to link up with a real-time initiative called Google Flu Trends, which claims to predict an epidemic within days

Sunday, 24 June, 2012, 12:00am

Change of approach on flu the right prescription

Hong Kong's swine flu strategy has been changed from containment at all costs to protection. People who come into contact with a suspected sufferer will no longer be quarantined; instead, they will have to have daily health checks and doses of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu. Only those who refuse to follow the rules will be isolated.

21 May 2009 - 12:00am

Good hygiene goes a long way

As an increasing number of people are infected by influenza, both the government and citizens need to be more aware of the importance of good health.

Flu is often widespread in dense urban areas, especially where tall tower blocks prevent the air from circulating.

25 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Schools set to reopen after flu outbreak

Doors likely to open on Monday

Schools closed early for Easter holidays amid the flu outbreak said yesterday that they were ready to resume classes on Monday as the education minister said details of the reopening arrangement would be announced today.

26 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Remaining vigilant

Five years since a deadly virus hit, our five-part series look back and asks what a lessons have been learned; Part 5 - What the future holds

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Efforts stepped up following death

The Hong Kong government has stepped up efforts to guard against bird flu after the death of a woman with H5N1 in Shanwei , Guangdong, yesterday.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Horse flu halts Australian racing

Horse racing and equestrian events have been shut down throughout Australia as officials battle to contain an outbreak of equine influenza.

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Plenty to keep the men in white coats on their toes

Think of horse racing and you think vets and guys in lab coats. Well, perhaps not, but they had their season in the spotlight, with high-profile drug tests and the most significant outbreak of disease in almost 15 years.

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Events Diary

Today, HK: 17th Wines of the Pacific Rim Festival for 2007.

Monday, February 5, HK: Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce seminar: 'Update on avian influenza and business continuity planning on influenza pandemic'.

Tuesday, February 6, HK: Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce seminar: 'Servicing both Hong Kong and the country'.

3 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Events diary

Today, HK: Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce luncheon: 'The impacts of climate change on businesses in the Greater PRD'.

Hong Kong Productivity Council seminar: 'Best practices for ERP and ISO quality system integration'. HKPC Building.

17th Wines of the Pacific Rim Festival for 2007 (until tomorrow).

2 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Warning over new strain

A new strain of bird flu could cause fresh outbreaks of the deadly disease because the virus may have adapted to surviving at higher temperatures, the Guangdong provincial agricultural department has warned.

26 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Summer flu season has arrived

Flu cases have increased in the past week, signalling that Hong Kong is entering the summer flu season, the Centre for Health Protection said.

17 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Events diary

Tomorrow, HK: Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce luncheon: 'Avian flu and regulation of poultry trade'.

Thursday, April 20, HK: British Chamber of Commerce breakfast: 'What if a worldwide pandemic affects your business?'. Hong Kong Club.

Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce luncheon: 'Immigration policies for foreign nationals and mainland residents'.

18 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Vets at a premium for Games' equestrian events

The government may have to recruit extra vets to check the 280 horses taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Hong Kong for infectious diseases during and after the horses' quarantine period. One government official admitted Hong Kong currently lacked enough vets to do the job.

28 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Chickens and water fowl must be separated, says bird flu expert

Guangdong's top authority on bird flu has urged the separation of water fowl and chickens to control the disease.

He says the risk is not over even though the province and Hong Kong have agreed to resume live chicken supplies to the special administrative region from Sunday.

24 Mar 2006 - 12:00am