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Public Health

Bird flu cure claim sparks rush for herbal root

Amid growing panic over the new strain of bird flu, some mainland officials have prescribed a surprising solution: hot brews of a root called ban lan gen.

Thursday, 11 April, 2013, 5:44am

Nanjing orders livestock cull to stem spread of H7N9 virus

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

H7N9 may mutate 8 times faster than regular flu

The new bird flu could be mutating up to eight times faster than an average flu virus around a protein that binds it to humans, a team of research scientists in Shenzhen says.

10 Apr 2013 - 12:24pm

Shanghai considers permanent ban on sale of live poultry

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

Three new cases bring China's H7N9 tally to 21, with 6 dead

The cases in Shanghai were a 59-year-old man from Anhui, who was in serious condition, and a 67-year-old Shanghai native, who was in stable condition. The Anhui case was a 55-year-old man from Haozhou who slaughtered and sold poultry. They bring the national tally of cases to 21, six of them fatal.

8 Apr 2013 - 12:09pm

Chinese flu drug maker's licence revoked after toxins found

Guangdong's drug-safety agency has revoked the licence of a drug maker after it was found to have falsified production records, Xinhua reported.

The provincial Food and Drug Administration cancelled the licence of Baoshantang Pharmaceutical Company because it logged fake data related to the processing of herbal extracts.

8 Apr 2013 - 9:45am

'Intense' farming in China's developed areas blamed in bird flu risk

“Normally, diseases are likely to break out in poor areas. Why is it the other way around in China?” a Global Times editorial said. “In China’s southern and eastern coastal areas, agriculture, especially animal husbandry, has become more intense and populations more dense,” said the English-language edition of the paper, known for its pro-China stance.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hong Kong on standby for H7N9 outbreak as China confirms three new cases

The latest three cases in Shanghai and Anhui brought the total number of confirmed H7N9 cases across the nation to 21 - ten in Shanghai, six in Jiangsu, three in Zhejiang and two in Anhui. Four patients in Shanghai and two in Zhejiang have died.

7 Apr 2013 - 11:37pm 4 comments

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

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

Questions fly thick and fast over delay in bird flu report

Memories of the 2002-03 Sars epidemic are deeply embedded in the mainland psyche. While just about everyone learned about severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed 774 people worldwide, from the news media, they also remember that mainland officials hid the growing toll from the public for weeks before a wave of deaths and rumours forced authorities to reveal the scale of the epidemic.

7 Apr 2013 - 1:42am