Influenza a Virus Subtype H5n1

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.

Friday, 27 July, 2012, 12:00am

City Digest

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.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

No pain, no grain

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Law professor pleads guilty to shoplifting

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Welfare pay rises to kick in next month

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Police checking incident outside Dolce & Gabbana

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I won't be involved in politics anymore

Former Myanmese prime minister Khin Nyunt, who was released from house arrest

It's like searching for a needle at the bottom of the Pacific

Researcher Paul Zhou on the discovery of an antibody that may neutralise all forms of H5N1 bird flu virus (pictured)

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Tests confirm H5N1 in dead black-headed gulls

7 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

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.

23 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

'Human mice' point to new cure for flu

University of Hong Kong researchers have discovered that a common drug for bone diseases could be a superior new cure for influenza.

They did it by testing the drug on 'humanised mice' - rodents with human immune systems - in one of the first experiments of its kind in the world.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am