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Influenza

liberal studies

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 What did health authorities recommend to prevent Sars?

a. stay away from cockroaches

b. avoid owls

c. wash your hands

Monday, 11 May, 2009, 12:00am

Vaccine production not likely until end of year

The mainland is expected to take longer than first thought to ready its swine flu vaccine, pushing back the production date towards the end of the year, a health official said.

9 May 2009 - 12:00am

Pondering flu's great unknowns

Global reactions to the outbreak of swine flu exemplify the best and worst of our world and offer object lessons in what to do and what not to do - not merely about the epidemic but about a plethora of problems confronting us.

9 May 2009 - 12:00am

Canadian embassy objects to students' quarantine

The Canadian embassy has lodged an official objection to the continued 'detention' of a group of university students in Changchun , Jilin province , despite the lack of medical evidence linking them to the swine flu outbreak.

7 May 2009 - 12:00am

126 Mexicans poised to fly home

Twelve Mexicans from Hong Kong - including four still under quarantine for swine flu - were due to leave for home early today on a chartered flight arranged by their government, with 114 from the mainland.

But the index patient who last week became the first confirmed case in Hong Kong and Asia remained in hospital last night.

6 May 2009 - 12:00am

Samples from Mexican help local experts better understand virus

Hong Kong's first swine flu patient is providing valuable information to local scientists to help prepare for a possible pandemic.

Medical experts are carrying out a range of tests on the H1N1 virus taken from the 25-year-old Mexican patient to determine how it attacks humans and how fast it can spread.

5 May 2009 - 12:00am

Hotel quarantine the right course, given our history

No one wants to be trapped in a budget hotel for a week. So it is understandable that guests who have been quarantined at the Metropark Hotel in Wan Chai are unhappy. Keeping them confined to the hotel for seven days causes great inconvenience and it is a step authorities in other parts of the world have chosen not to take. The government stands accused of overreacting.

3 May 2009 - 12:00am

Airport medical inspectors are Shanghai's first line of defence

Dressed head-to-foot in white protective suits, masks, goggles and surgical gloves, they made their way through Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

1 May 2009 - 12:00am

Free screening provided in pharmacies

More than 450 pharmacies around Hong Kong began offering free preliminary swine flu screening yesterday, as pharmacists warned people not to take anti-flu drugs such as Tamiflu and Relenza without a doctor's approval.

29 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Hu orders swift preventive steps at all levels

President Hu Jintao has ordered all levels of government to take necessary preventive measures to battle a spreading swine flu outbreak.

29 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Stall to be prosecuted for breaking poultry ban

A shop selling fresh food will be prosecuted by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department for breaching the ban on keeping live poultry overnight designed to help protect against a bird flu outbreak. Officers of the department found 20 live chickens and three live pigeons in two plastic crates at the shop in Reclamation Street, Jordan.

4 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Five-year-old boy dies from flu despite having been vaccinated

A five-year-old boy died yesterday after catching flu, the first casualty of this year's influenza season.

The boy was a pupil of the Spastics Association of Hong Kong Shek Kip Mei Pre-school Centre.

Despite having received a flu vaccination shot last July, he developed a fever and cough last Thursday.

5 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Good Strike delivers after huge betting plunge

'Fat' four-year-old Good Strike finally made it to the races and the Almond Lee Yee-tat-trained gelding made it a debut to remember, landing a huge plunge in the betting to win the second event.

2 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Flu cases not serious, says minister

Recent outbreaks of influenza at several schools have not been serious and there was no need to close schools throughout Hong Kong, the health minister said yesterday.

19 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Cull after Xinjiang bird flu outbreak

More than 13,000 birds have been slaughtered in Xinjiang to prevent the spread of the lethal bird flu virus, the state media said yesterday.

Xinhua said the Ministry of Agriculture had confirmed that 519 fowl had been killed by H5N1, the bird flu strain that can also infect and kill humans, at a grain station in Zhawa village, Moyu county.

11 Feb 2009 - 12:00am