Tuesday, 27 December 2011

The Return of Bird Flu Outbreak?

The wife of a colleague of mine has been admitted for H1N1 last weekend. He and his kids have been advised to self-quarantined at home. I heard it all re-started in Hong Kong. But I don't think the wife had been to Hong Kong, but she was in Kedah last one week or two.

I don't have the details but all of us have been told to stay alert with our temperature. This morning, we got our body temperature read by an administrative staff. Alhamdulillah, my reading was 36.4 Celsius.

My two cent is to drink plenty of plain water, take multivitamins continuously and limit outdoor activities. To those who coughs, please and please wear the face mask. Do your part, please...

Note: The article was first published on BBC News.

Hong Kong orders chicken cull as bird flu alert raised

Hong Kong is culling 17,000 chickens after three birds were confirmed to have died from the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain in the past week.

The government has banned imports and the sale of live chickens for three weeks after an infected chicken carcass was found at a wholesale market on Tuesday.

It has also raised the city's flu alert system to "serious".

Two wild birds were also found to have died of the the virus.

The government said it was tracing the source of the chicken carcass, but it was not clear whether the chicken came from a local farm or was imported.

"I understand that it will cause inconvenience to the public, and the poultry trade will also encounter losses," said Hong Kong's secretary for food and health, York Chow.

"However, to safeguard public health, we need to adopt decisive and effective measures to prevent and control the spread of the virus."

On Tuesday, a dead Oriental magpie found at a secondary school tested positive for bird flu.

Another secondary school closed for a day for disinfection last Friday after a dead black-headed gull was found with the virus.

Hong Kong is quick to take action against infectious diseases after an outbreak of the deadly respiratory disease SARS in 2003 killed 300 people in the city and a further 500 worldwide.

In 2009, 300 people were placed under quarantine at a Hong Kong hotel after a guest contracted swine flu.

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