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    <!-- lang bar end --><!-- press release start --><!--contents--> Yan Chai Hospital vomiting & diarrhoea cases
    ******************************************** A Yan Chai Hospital (YCH) spokesperson made the following announcement today (June 13):

    Five patients (aged 54 to 91) and two staff members of a female surgical ward have presented with vomiting and diarrhoea symptoms since June 8. The patients are in a stable condition and they have been transferred to isolation rooms for further management. The staff are now on sick leave. The hospital has arranged appropriate tests for the patients concerned and the results are pending.

    Admission to this ward has been suspended while visiting arrangements remains normal. Infection control measures have been stepped up in the ward concerned. All patients are under close surveillance.

    The YCH Infection Control Team has reported the cases to the Hospital Authority and the Centre for Health Protection.

    Ends/Tuesday, June 13, 2006
    Issued at HKT 18:59


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    <!-- lang bar end --><!-- press release start --><!--contents--> Notification of a suspected human avian flu case in Shenzhen received
    ************************************************** ********** The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (June 13) received notification from the Health Department of Guangdong Province and Ministry of Health concerning a suspected human case of avian influenza H5N1 in Shenzhen.

    A CHP spokesman said the patient was a 31-year-old man who lived in Shenzhen. He developed fever and pneumonia on June 3. He is now under treatment in a local hospital. His condition is critical.

    It was reported that the patient had visited a local wet market where live chickens were on sale.

    The CHP is maintaining close liaison with the Ministry of Health and the Health Department of Guangdong Province to obtain more information on the case.

    Even though Hong Kong has been free from human avian influenza case since early 2003, members of the public should be vigilant given the large volume of population flow between Guangdong and Hong Kong.

    The spokesman said the departmentís Port Health Office has remained vigilant and maintained temperature screening for inbound travellers at all immigration control points. Health education for travellers will be enhanced at all immigration control points through distribution of leaflets and displaying of health messages.

    The Centre for Food Safety of Food and Environmental Hygiene Department will also step up inspection on the health and hygiene conditions of the chickens imported from the Mainland.
    The spokesman reminded members of the public to remain vigilant against avian influenza infection and to observe the following measures:

    * Avoid direct contact with poultry and birds or their droppings; if contacts have been made, they should wash hands thoroughly with soap and water;
    * Poultry and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before eating;
    * Wash hands frequently;
    * Cover nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing, hold the spit with tissue and put it into covered dustbins;
    * Avoid crowded places and contact with sick people with fever;
    * Wear a mask when you have respiratory symptoms or need to take care of patients with fever;
    * When you have fever and influenza-like illnesses during a trip or when coming back to Hong Kong, you should consult doctors promptly and reveal your travel history.

    For further information on avian influenza, please visit the CHP website: http://www.chp.gov.hk.

    Ends/Tuesday, June 13, 2006
    Issued at HKT 19:30
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  • #2
    Re: More Trouble in Hong Kong

    Thank you pamwv41 for the heads up.

    pamwv41 & Members friends, please keep the heads up on Hong Kong, I have an very high level reunion so I cant focus on Hong Kong,

    There is the Standard and Malik Peiris there and forums too.

    Sissiay
    Tsay Tsien

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    • #3
      Re: More Trouble in Hong Kong

      Also, some info on the Shenzhen case here:

      http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7078
      ...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. - Sherlock Holmes

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      • #4
        Re: More Trouble in Hong Kong

        PLEA OVER NEW BIRD FLU STRAINS
        Saturday, August 05, 2006

        A leading virologist has urged countries battling new H5N1 bird flu outbreaks in animals to analyze the genetic makeup of the virus to trace its origins and better arm themselves to combat the disease.

        A leading virologist has urged countries battling new H5N1 bird flu outbreaks in animals to analyze the genetic makeup of the virus to trace its origins and better arm themselves to combat the disease.

        Hong Kong University's Malik Peiris, who has studied the virus for nearly 10 years, said genetic sequencing of H5N1 strains found in animals will help scientists get their hands on vital information, and governments could in turn do more to control the spread of the disease in birds.

        Although the H5N1 virus has killed 134 people since re-emerging in Asia in late 2003, it remains largely a bird disease. But experts fear it will mutate and gain the ability to spread efficiently among people, sparking a pandemic that could kill millions.

        Peiris said it is paramount now for Thailand to sequence the H5N1 virus that has recently re-emerged in the country's north and northeast after a nine-month hiatus.

        "It will be very important to find out whether this new virus is the same virus that was there in Thailand before or whether it is a different virus that has been introduced," Peiris said.

        Source: http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_d...d_str=20060805

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        • #5
          Re: More Trouble in Hong Kong

          That would be the most amazing thing. Practically the biggest H5N1 outbreak in history, and they never even sequenced it.

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