Bird flu in Hong Kong: a brief history

December 1997 More than 1.5 million chickens culled in city after H5N1 bird flu virus jumps species barrier for first time and kills six of 18 people infected.

Wednesday, 6 May, 2015, 4:29pm

Lost in translation

About 20 friends gathered around the bed of 29-year-old British teacher Clare Lennon for a farewell party at her private room in St Paul's Hospital in Causeway Bay on April 16. The room was small. Everyone was optimistic Lennon's health would improve soon, even though doctors said she was seriously ill.

3 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

No time to play chicken when lives are at stake

The government knows that the biggest single health threat Hong Kong faces is bird flu. And they are well aware that the best way to keep the virus at bay is to ensure that people do not come into contact with infected birds.

25 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Last squawk?

The government has proposed spending HK$1 billion to buy out the licences of chicken farmers and live-chicken traders to reduce the threat of bird flu. Do you agree with the offer? Tell us your views. Write to us

22 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Bird flu outbreak spurs calls for more vigilance

Fresh calls have been made for Hong Kong to find the latest source of bird flu in the city, after disclosure of a fatal H5N1 outbreak in Guangdong ducks.

18 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Vaccine may have been ineffective

Scientists were looking at the possibility that inefficient vaccine was used on chickens that tested positive for bird flu, the health minister said.

Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok said experts were seeking the source of the H5N1 virus found in faecal samples from chickens that did not show any symptoms.

13 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Under fire

The government has been criticised for the way it has dealt with the latest bird flu clampdown. Were mistakes made and, if so, what lessons can be learned to deal with any future outbreaks? Write to us.

13 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Ap Lei Chau stall owner buys new stock - and suffers cull on same day

The owner of the chicken stall in Ap Lei Chau wet market had no idea officials were on the way to cull her stock - until she was swarmed by reporters.

It was business as usual for the woman, surnamed Ng, when the government announced at 5.30pm that samples from the market had tested positive for H5N1.

12 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Tests confirm flu case

The Centre for Health Protection said tests confirmed a 10-year-old girl suffering myocarditis and flu-like symptoms had influenza A. The girl developed symptoms on May 27 and was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital the next day. She was in stable condition last night.

2 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Child care centre reopens after closing a week for flu

Classes resume at one school, another on alert over sick boy

A child care centre that was forced to close last week when at least 13 children were feared to have the flu was given the all-clear yesterday.

But a school in Sha Tin is still on alert while one of its pupils remains in critical condition with what was thought to be a flu-related illness.

23 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Fewer pills, more jabs for flu urged

Panel seeks rethink on treatment

Providing flu vaccinations to more children and changing the culture among doctors of overprescribing drugs are among 14 recommendations by an expert panel appointed to investigate the deaths of three children during the peak flu season.

19 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Our vigilance is the best guard against flu

Hong Kong people can breathe a sigh of relief. There was no superbug after all. The common influenza strains have not mutated in a dangerous direction. This, reassuringly, is the conclusion of a panel of experts who released their findings yesterday. Last month, parents and school officials were alarmed by reports three children with flu symptoms had died.

19 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Investigation of child deaths finished

A probe into the deaths of three children with flu-like symptoms that led to a citywide closure of schools last month has been completed and a report is expected in about two weeks.

Yuen Kwok-yung, who heads an investigating panel, said yesterday it had completed its work. A report could be released in one to two weeks, pending legal formalities, Professor Yuen said.

5 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Air out offices, flu expert urges

A medical specialist urged companies yesterday to make sure their buildings were properly ventilated after a magazine survey found some people were falling ill with flu-like symptoms up to eight times a year.

The poll by Reader's Digest of 607 Hong Kong readers found that young women, and men in their 30s, were most susceptible to such illnesses.

2 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Schools reopen with added hygiene focus

Kindergartens and primary schools will implement new hygiene measures to prepare for today's reopening after their early closures before Easter amid the flu outbreak.

31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am