Flu infections rising among pigs in southern China, says study

A previous study shows the H7N9 bird flu seems to be circulating in areas of China that have large populations of pigs and humans. Photo: Reuters

The risk of spillover to humans was “constant or growing”, according to one of the authors of a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Another bird flu death as virus spreads to Zhejiang

A nurse uses a body temperature detector in a hospital in Shanghai. Photo: EPA

The national health commission said the source of infection remained unknown, but listed poultry workers or people who had been in contact with poultry a week before the emergence of symptoms as a high-risk group.

4 Apr 2013 - 10:26am 2 comments

Four new cases of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in Jiangsu

A journalist takes photos in front of the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Nanjing. Photo:Xinhua

Public hospitals in Hong Kong stepped up measures to spot suspected cases and sampling at poultry farms has increased. The Department of Health advised travellers returning from Jiangsu, Shanghai and Anhui with respiratory symptoms to wear masks and seek medical attention.

4 Apr 2013 - 10:29am 1 comment

Hong Kong steps up checks as new bird flu cases reported

The Hospital Authority's Dr Dominic Tsang Ngai-chong (left) and CHP contoller Leung Ting-hung brief the media on H7N9 avian flu measures on Tuesday. Photo: May Tse

Hong Kong health authorities on Tuesday stepped up checks on travellers and hospital patients after it was reported that the new H7N9 bird flu virus had infected four people in eastern China.

4 Apr 2013 - 10:30am

Two men die in Shanghai in first human cases of bird flu strain

A vendor waits for customers near chicken cages at a market in Fuyang city, Anhui province, on March 31, 2013. Photo: AP

The National Health and Family Planning Commission said it wasn't clear how the three became infected, but there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

1 Apr 2013 - 12:21pm 1 comment

Natural help for cold and flu season

Natural help for cold and flu season

The colder weather brings Hong Kong's peak flu season, with viruses spreading like wildfire through schools, offices and public spaces.

15 Jan 2013 - 8:58am

Deadly flu epidemic sweeps dozens of US states

Deadly flu epidemic sweeps dozens of US states

The United States is in the grip of a deadly influenza outbreak that has hit harder and earlier than in previous years, and has claimed the lives of at least 18 children.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:57am

Briefs, January 6, 2013

A man suspected of rape was arrested. Photo: Felix Wong

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of severe paediatric influenza A infection affecting a three-year-old boy. 

6 Jan 2013 - 4:06am

Hong Kong must keep up constant vigilance against deadly viruses

Thankfully, Hong Kong's first suspected case of a deadly new Sars-like virus is a false alarm. The Centre for Health Protection confirmed a four-year old Saudi Arabian boy had suffered only from a common type of influenza. However, the negative test result for the novel coronavirus does not mean we can drop our guard.

11 Oct 2012 - 2:22am

Shutting schools conquered swine flu

More than half of the victims of a swine flu pandemic three years ago were school children and school closures proved to be a practical way to slow the spread of the disease, a study has found.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

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.

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

Parents warned of bird flu risk

Parents should keep young children out of wet markets, a doctor warned yesterday, as officials confirmed a two-year-old boy who came to Hong Kong from Guangzhou nine days ago has the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, with his condition worsening in the last 24 hours.

The Centre for Health Protection revealed the boy had visited a wet market selling live poultry in Guangzhou in May.

6 May 2015 - 4:29pm

Guangdong boy in Hong Kong has bird flu

Hospitals have been put on serious alert after a boy who came to Hong Kong from Guangdong was confirmed to have caught bird flu.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Too dangerous to publish?

Some say it's a nightmare scenario out of the old movie Outbreak with Dustin Hoffman or the newer Contagion by Steven Soderberg: a pandemic caused by the accidental release of a man-made strain of lethal H5N1 bird flu virus.

Could such a disaster happen in real life?

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am