Hong Kong expert warns new bird flu virus could become a pandemic

A girl recovering after being infected with H7N9 waves as she is transferred to a public ward at Beijing's Ditan Hospital. Photo: Reuters

The deadly new bird flu may pose a bigger threat to humans than the H5N1 bird virus that has killed hundreds of people worldwide, a University of Hong Kong microbiologist warned yesterday.

Tuesday, 16 April, 2013, 4:47am 1 comment

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

A good week for ...

James Doohan

27 May 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

Atishoo, atishoo, we all fall down

OK, give me all your germs!' Steven Soderbergh jokes after arriving for his press duties. But as his new film Contagion shows, the spread of a deadly pandemic is no laughing matter. Particularly when it starts in Hong Kong.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Medi watch

Direct dose boosts vaccine's efficacy

6 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

FYI: How dangerous is bird flu?

The fear of bird flu is a far more widespread condition than the disease itself. Rarely will a week pass without a story of the virus reaching some hitherto untouched part of Asia, or without more warnings of a global outbreak.

6 May 2015 - 4:35pm

An ill wind

Asia has been severely jolted by the recent turmoil in credit and stock markets spreading from the United States to other economies around the world. This is a crisis in economic management and the health of financial systems in an interlocking and increasingly interdependent global economy.

26 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Hong Kong proposed as H5N1 vaccine depot

Stockpile in Asia urged to tackle bird flu

Two United States experts in health and bio-security have called for an international stockpile of vaccines aimed at tackling bird flu to be set up in Hong Kong.

6 May 2015 - 4:35pm

Bill sets emergency powers for pandemics

Law would give right to use private property

A proposed law to combat disease outbreaks would empower the Executive Council to impose emergency measures during a threatened pandemic, clearing the way for use of private property, and access to and disclosure of information to protect public health.

6 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Farmers' deaths show need for vigilance

About this time four years ago, the Sars epidemic was gaining a foothold on the mainland but was unknown to the outside world. This was because mainland officials initially covered up the outbreak of a highly contagious new killer virus while doctors tried to contain it.

30 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Scientists launch global effort to share bird flu data

But Centre for Health Protection chief is not a signatory

Leading scientists and health officials, including two from Hong Kong and six Nobel laureates, have launched a worldwide collaboration to share virus samples and information on bird flu in an effort to reduce the effects of a pandemic.

26 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Transparency is the key to containing bird flu

The consequences of a mass outbreak of bird flu could be so calamitous that no effort should be spared in seeking to combat the virus. The more we learn about it, the better prepared we will be.

29 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Banks should stock up on cash for worst-case scenario

Consider the following scenario for a moment:

As the great spring migration of wild fowl from Africa to Europe gets under way, it becomes clear from widespread clusters of migrant bird deaths that avian flu in the form of the H5N1 virus is now endemic in wild populations.

6 May 2015 - 4:29pm

Bird flu kills - it's not hysteria

I refer to the letter from P. A. Crush ('Bird-flu hysteria', February 17), which I found to be unjustified, given the seriousness of the potential damage and loss of life that could be caused by bird flu, if there is a pandemic.

21 Feb 2006 - 12:00am