Clarification required on central slaughtering

Banning the sale of live poultry in our markets, and moving to a system of central slaughtering, has long been viewed as a necessary step to protect our community from deadly infectious diseases. It has been on the agenda for years, but has repeatedly been delayed.

Friday, 14 May, 2010, 12:00am

9 women confirmed with swine flu

Nine women have been diagnosed with swine flu, a spokesman for Kwai Chung Hospital said. They were among 13 flu patients, aged 15 to 79, who had been in a ward at the hospital since Wednesday. Eleven of the patients were being treated at Princess Margaret Hospital and all were stable. Admission and visits to the ward had been suspended and infection control measures stepped up.

11 May 2010 - 12:00am

Neurological complications follow jab

A 70-year-old developed neurological symptoms after being vaccinated against swine flu, the Centre for Health Protection said yesterday. The man, who received the shot in December, was found to have problems with muscle co-ordination after being admitted to hospital on March 18. Tests are being carried out to confirm whether he has Guillain-Barre syndrome.

3 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Seasonal peak flu alert issued

The Centre for Health Protection urged the public to take precautionary measures against seasonal flu, which consists mainly of swine flu and influenza B. It said the latest data showed an increasing number of flu samples, which signals that the city has entered the traditional seasonal flu peak.

19 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Thursday Think tank

1 Shoe thrown at Henry Tang Ying-yen at youth summit ... Yes, our misdirected youngsters really need to improve their aim

2 ESF fees to go up again ... You know what this means? It's either a shoebox apartment or an education for junior

3 Pay cut proposed for new civil servant recruits ... how about starting with the next round of political appointees

11 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Nearly 300 more attend clinics

The number of patients attending designated flu clinics rose from 410 two weeks ago to 704 last week. The number of institutional outbreaks between February 28 and March 3 was 23, compared with just three in the two weeks between February 14 and 27. Some 55.1 of every 1,000 private-doctor consultations were related to flu last week, an increase from 42.8 per cent two weeks ago.

5 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Chicken imports to stay at 7,000 a day

Daily imports of live chickens from the mainland will remain at 7,000 before the Lunar New Year. The Food and Health Bureau says it understands the request of poultry traders for an increase in the quota but it has to consider the threat of bird flu. It estimates that the supply will meet public needs because about 268,000 live chickens are also available from local farms.

6 May 2015 - 4:43pm

Informed advice needed on swine flu inoculations

Public confidence in the government's swine flu vaccination programme has been shaken. Media speculation over two stillbirths and a death in Hong Kong, and hundreds of adverse reactions in Taiwan linked to vaccines, have led to plummeting rates of inoculation. Officials warn that unless people in vulnerable groups get shots, an expected second wave of infections could prove severe.

26 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Youngster feared to have syndrome is cleared

16 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Take measures to flight the flu

The government has launched many measures to fight the flu. We as students can also do our part.

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Flu's effect on nervous system to be probed

A review was launched yesterday to find out if flu was to blame for severely damaging the nervous systems of patients over the past two years. Emphasis will be given to swine flu cases in the past few months.

9 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Valid concerns over flu vaccine remain unanswered by officials

I refer to Christof Van der Stichele's letter ('Expert says that swine flu vaccine is safe', December 22).

I wholeheartedly agree with this comment that, 'in matters of science, it is evidence which is supposed to count, not opinions'.

30 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Call for donors to come forward

The Red Cross has called for donations from people with type A or O blood because of a fall in supply and rise in demand. The Hospital Authority said it needed 1,000 donations a day, but people on flu or cold drugs or from areas where mad cow disease is prevalent are advised not to donate. To inquire about donating, call 2710 1234.

18 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

New herbal tea remedy can kill swine flu virus, officials say

Mainland researchers have developed a new type of herbal remedy that can slay the H1N1 virus, Beijing municipal authorities say.

Dr Wang Chen, president of Chaoyang Hospital, said yesterday that the formula could reduce the average length of swine-flu-related fever from 26 to 16 hours and cut the use of antibiotics by more than 70 per cent. The formula is taken as a tea.

18 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Combine flu vaccines, WHO group urges

A group of experts with the World Health Organisation is recommending that the swine flu vaccine be combined with the seasonal flu vaccine from May.

The recommendation is made in a report that a group member says reflects that the new vaccine is as safe as previous ones and that swine flu is becoming part of seasonal flu.

16 Dec 2009 - 12:00am