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Poultry trade may be spreading killer H7N9 virus

Poultry trade may be spreading killer H7N9 virus

Poultry workers moving between wet markets and farms are probably responsible for the wide geographical spread of the deadly new bird flu virus on the mainland, says a Hong Kong expert invited by the World Health Organisation to investigate the outbreak.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 7:06am 5 comments

Time to ban import of live poultry as H7N9 continues to spread

A janitor sprays disinfectant over empty poultry stalls at a traditional market. Photo: AFP

One of Karl Marx's most famous quotes is that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.

3 May 2013 - 3:41am 2 comments

Step up bird flu tests on chickens, Hong Kong health expert urges

An official with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department holds a live chicken as another handles a blood sample for testing. Photo: Bloomberg

Blood tests for H5 bird flu are conducted on locally raised chickens and if the results are positive, a rapid test for H7 on the samples is conducted. Results for a rapid test are ready in four to five hours. But the blood samples are taken 10 days before the poultry go to the market, so there are concerns that any infection that develops in those 10 days may not be found.

1 May 2013 - 10:15am 1 comment

Fears in Hong Kong and Guangdong as H7N9 virus hits Hunan

A woman from Shaoyang, Hunan, developed a fever on April 14, four days after having contact with poultry. Photo: AFP

A 64-year-old woman from Shaoyang in Hunan province was diagnosed with H7N9 bird flu yesterday, sparking fears that the virus might soon emerge in Guangdong and Hong Kong.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China poultry cull urged to halt spread of bird flu

A woman handles chickens at a market stall. Photo: Felix Wong

A leading researcher has called for live-bird markets in H7N9-hit areas of the mainland to be closed and poultry culled to block the deadly virus' spread, as a study confirmed wet markets to be the "smoking gun" in the spread of the disease.

26 Apr 2013 - 8:32am 1 comment

Stop mainland China chicken imports, says Hong Kong vet

Howard Wong Kai-hay

The city should stop importing live poultry from the mainland to cut the risk of the deadly H7N9 bird flu entering Hong Kong, said the government's former top vet who is a specialist in epidemics.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:52am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, April 18, 2013

Live poultry should still be sold at markets. Photo: Bloomberg

A subsidy from the government's Environment and Conservation Fund, a pilot food waste recycling scheme has been established, and my apartment in Discovery Bay is one of the participants.

18 Apr 2013 - 3:18am 4 comments

Hong Kong should reconsider ban on live poultry stalls

A vendor weighs a live chicken at the Kowloon City Market. Photo: Bloomberg

It was not long ago that banning the sale of live poultry in our markets and moving to a system of central slaughtering was seen as necessary to protect us from deadly infectious diseases. The government finally decided that reduced risk made the idea politically expendable and shelved it. Then-health minister York Chow Yat-ngok said at the time that the decision was not necessarily permanent, as the virus itself and the risk could change.

14 Apr 2013 - 2:15am 1 comment

Nanjing orders livestock cull to stem spread of H7N9 virus

Medical workers stage an exercise to prevent human infections of the H7N9 virus in Hefei, Anhui. Photo: Xinhua

Residents of Nanjing, Jiangsu province, are now banned from raising livestock as health authorities yesterday confirmed that five more people have contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus in the Yangtze River Delta.

11 Apr 2013 - 5:31am 2 comments

Shanghai considers permanent ban on sale of live poultry

A notice alongside empty cages says the poultry stalls at a Shanghai market are closed. Photo: AFP

Authorities said yesterday the virus had claimed its eighth and ninth victims - an 83-year-old man from Suzhou , Jiangsu , who died a week after testing positive for the virus, and a 35-year-old woman from Chuzhou, Anhui.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:45am 2 comments

China bird flu ‘devastates’ poultry business

A health worker sprays disinfectant at a closed live poultry trade market in Wuhan, Hebei province. Photo: Xinhua

China’s deadly bird flu outbreak has dealt a “devastating” blow to the nation’s poultry sector, an industry group said on Tuesday, with sales reportedly plunging amid concerns over food safety.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Nanjing chicken vendors shocked by sudden closure of stalls over bird flu

A vendor with his birds at a poultry market in Nanjing. Photo: Reuters

Chicken traders in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, voiced shock after authorities closed their stalls, without warning or mention of compensation, because of the latest bird flu outbreak.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:44am

Bird flu cases on mainland fail to deter Hong Kong demand for chicken

Chicken sells well over the Lunar New Year holidays, despite reported bird flu cases in the mainland. Photo: Felix Wong

The two people - a 21-year-old woman and 31-year-old man - tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus in Guiyang, Guizhou province, Xinhua said on Sunday. The woman developed symptoms on February 2 and the man the next day.

12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am

Business Digest, December 31, 2012

The Reach in Yuen Long

China's largest land-based oil and gas drilling rigs maker Honghua Group is aiming for sales of at least 10 billion yuan (HK$12.2 billion) next year. 

31 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Briefs, December 23, 2012

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said yesterday that the government was mulling whether to review the law to better monitor cooking oil companies.

23 Dec 2012 - 4:55am

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