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  1. Microsoft

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    Better avoid tiongland...:eek:


    China reports 4th case of deadly H7N9 bird flu, government anxious


    BEIJING: China today reported a fourth case of the H7N9 bird flu believed to be a new type of deadly virus that claimed two lives so far, creating anxiety among the health officials about how to deal with the latest avian influenza as there is no vaccine to cure it.

    State-run CCTV
    reported that the fourth case of H7N9 bird flu has been initially confirmed in Nanjing, the capital of east China's Jiangsu province faraway from Shanghai where two people died earlier while the third one, a woman was seriously ill in Chuzhou City ofAnhui province.

    The new patient is a 45-year-old woman who slaughters poultry in a local farmers' market. She first detected symptoms of a fever and coughing early last week and then rapidly deteriorated into critical condition.

    She is now hospitalised in Nanjing's Gulou hospital. Though China's health authority said humans are at a very low risk for contracting the lesser-known H7N9 bird flu, anxieties among public is rising with fears that it could spread as it has no known vaccine or medicine world wide to combat it.

    Officials of the Chinese unit of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said they are coordinating with local officials to deal with the problem.

    According to WHO, all three cases presented with respiratory tract infection with progression to severepneumonia and breathing difficulties.

    To date no epidemiological link between the cases has been identified. An investigation including follow-up of contacts is ongoing.

    So far no further cases have been identified among the 88 identified contacts under follow up, it said.

    Investigations into the source of infection and mode of transmission are ongoing.

    The Chinese government is actively investigating this event and has instituted enhanced surveillance, laboratory strengthening and training of health care professionals for detection, reporting and treatment, it said.

    It was not clear how the previous three patients were infected, but there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDCP) said in a statement.

    The virulence and transmission capacity of the H7N9 can not be determined due to limited clinical cases and research data on the virus, it said.

    The symptoms of the three confirmed cases included typical viral pneumonia, with fever, coughing and other respiratory ailments at the onset.

    Patients had difficulty breathing after five to seven days, and the two men died of acute respiratory distress syndrome, according to the statement.

    The NHFPC has sent several work groups to Shanghai Municipality and Anhui and Jiangsu provinces to determine the infection source of the flu strain and prevent the disease from spreading.

    Meanwhile, Public health authorities in Beijing they are keeping a close eye on the H7N9 bird flu virus that has killed two in east China.

    Test reagents for the virus have reached the Chinese capital, where the the deadly SARS epidemic played havoc a decade ago, according to a statement from the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Public Health.

    The city, with a population of around 20 million, has added avian influenza into its existing monitoring system for regular influenza and pneumonia without a clear cause.

    The statement said all hospitals in Beijing have been asked to brace for emergencies and ensure enough medical supplies although no infection has been reported in the city as of Tuesday, state-run news agency reported.


     
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    Avoid Tiongland? Tiongland is at your very doorsteps. Tiongland is everywhere you go on this island.
    Welcome to Singapore in 2013.

    Even if a pandemic breaks out, don't count on those idiots at MOH and the border checkpoints to protect you.

    Remember SARS? People had died. And it was less densely populated back then.

    Good luck!
     
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  3. Microsoft

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    OK...den at least avoid People's Park and massage shop...:D

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    u can avoid prc mei-mei boh? ...
     
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    change flavour to thai or viet lor.
     
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    This is what happen when you support killing and meat eating, in the end, you kill yourself..

    repent and be a vegetarian.
     
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    thai or viet, chicken n duck tok! ... :eek:
     
  8. Microsoft

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    maybe...can try peenoy...:D
     
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    [h=1]4 more seriously ill with H7N9 virus in Jiangsu[/h]
    BEIJING — China reported yesterday that four more people in one province were seriously sickened by a bird flu virus new to humans, while cities along the eastern seaboard stepped up public health measures to guard against the disease, which has already caused two deaths.
    The health bureau of eastern Jiangsu province said in a notice on its website that three women, aged 32, 45 and 48, and an 83-year-old retired man, from different cities in the province, were all critically ill with the H7N9 virus, a diagnosis confirmed by the provincial disease prevention centre.

    Based on the bureau’s statement, only one of the patients appeared to come into daily contact with birds — the 45-year-old woman, who was described as a poultry butcher. The four cases did not appear to be connected, and people who have had close contact with the patients have not reported having fevers or respiratory problems, it said.
    The provincial health bureau said it was strengthening measures to monitor suspicious cases and urged the public to stay calm, joining Beijing and China’s financial capital, Shanghai, in rolling out new steps to respond to the relatively unknown virus.
    The four latest cases follow three earlier ones reported on Sunday, including two men who died in Shanghai, resulting in the city activating an emergency plan that calls for heightened monitoring of suspicious flu cases. Under the contingency plan, schools, hospitals and retirement facilities are to be on alert for fevers, and administrators are to report to health authorities if there are more than five cases of flu in a week.
    Cases of severe pneumonia with unclear causes are to be reported daily by hospitals to health bureaus, up from the weekly norm. The plan also called for stronger monitoring of people who work at poultry farms or who are exposed to birds.
    The level-3 response plan, the second-lowest in a four-stage scale, reflects higher concern after the H7N9 bird flu virus led to the deaths of two men in Shanghai and seriously sickened a woman in the city of Chuzhou 360km west.
    Health officials said this week there was no evidence that any of the three earlier cases, who were infected over the past two months, had contracted the disease from each other, and no sign of infection in the 88 people who had closest contact with them.


     
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    H7N9 + TB = :( Hopefully there won't be another SARS disaster
     
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    ok...added to de formula H7TN9B...:D de spanish flu pandemic of 1917...such pandemic will come bk for round 2...jus a question of when...
     
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    And end up being sick in the head like you? Dun want lah.


     
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    Waiting it to hit here. It is just a matter of time. Property will drop after that.
     
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    strain H6N9 more potent !
     
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    I doubt it is a bird flu strain. More likely a swine flu strain. Just as the Hongkong scientific community mislabelled the SARS virus, it is very possible the Chinese made a similar mistake.

    Have you guys realized that the Chinese authorities have not submitted virus samples taken from the victims to the international scientific community under WHO and UN directives? Do you know why the Chinese are withholding them?
     
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    China reports 2 more H7N9 bird flu cases

    • Two infections of H7N9 bird flu, involving one death, were reported in east China's Zhejiang Province.
    • The total number of infected people in China has been brought to nine, local authorities said.
    • No epidemiological connection between the two cases has been found so far.

    HANGZHOU, April 3 (Xinhua) -- Two infections of H7N9 bird flu, involving one death, have been reported in east China's Zhejiang Province, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to nine, local authorities said on Wednesday.
    One of the infected has already died, said a statement issued by the provincial health department.
    According to the statement, a 38-year-old chef surnamed Hong died on March 27. The man, who worked in Jiangsu Province, where four other cases of H7N9 bird flu have been identified, became ill on March 7 and returned to his home in Jiande, Zhejiang, where he was admitted to a hospital on March 18.
    The provincial and national disease control centers confirmed on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, that he was infected with H7N9 avian influenza.
    The other patient, a retired Hangzhou man surnamed Yang, was admitted to a hospital on March 25 with a cough and fever. He was transferred to another hospital for better treatment and remains hospitalized, according to the statement.
    Provincial and national health authorities confirmed on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, that he is infected with the H7N9 avian influenza virus, the statement said.
    No epidemiological connection between the two cases has been found so far.
    A total of 183 people who came into contact with the two men have so far shown no symptoms of fever or respiratory illness, the statement added.
    Zhejiang has initiated an emergency response for epidemics based on regulations of the Ministry of Health, and relevant departments have been asked to take precautionary actions toward disease control.
    Seven other H7N9 bird flu cases had been reported previously, two in Shanghai, one in Anhui and four in Jiangsu. The two in Shanghai died and the other five are in critical conditions under treatment in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu.
    Authorities in Chinese regions have ordered health institutions to step up monitoring.
    On Wednesday, Pang Xinghuo, spokesman for the Beijing Municipal Disease Control and Prevention Center, said the capital would not rule out the possibility of H7N9 cases popping up.
    "With a massive population flow every day, the metropolitan area cannot rule out H7N9 risks. However, with the battle experiences of SARS and H1N1 influenza outbreaks, the city has been well prepared for epidemic control," according to Pang.
    He said the center has ordered hospitals to include H7N9 bird flu testing in routine monitoring and to train hospital staff on how to treat pneumonia caused by unknown factors.
    The subtype of H7N9 bird flu virus has not been contracted to human beings before. It shows no signs of being highly contagious among humans, according to the clinical observation on the cases' close contacts.
    However, as few cases of human infection of H7N9 have been found, relatively little research has been done on it. There are no vaccines against the H7N9 bird flu virus either at home or abroad.
     
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    BEIJING: A new strain of bird flu has claimed two more lives in China's business capital of Shanghai, taking the total number of human deaths attributed to the H7N9 virus to five, state media said on Thursday.
    Four of the deaths have occurred in the commercial hub, while the other was reported in the neighbouring province of Zhejiang on Wednesday.
    Chinese authorities are trying to determine how exactly the new variety of bird flu infects people, but say there is no evidence yet of human-to-human transmission.
    The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 14, including six from Shanghai, according to the official Xinhua news agency which cited health authorities.
    The first two deaths occurred in February but were not reported by authorities until late March. Officials said the delay in announcing the results was because it took time to determine the cause of the illnesses.
    A 48-year-old poultry transporter was among the latest two reported dead Thursday while the identity of the other person was not released. Both were said to have died a day earlier.
    Authorities said none of the eight people whom the 48-year-old had close contact with had shown signs of infection.
    The World Health Organisation on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of a pandemic because the sub-type is not thought to be transmitted from human to human, unlike the more common H5N1 strain.
    But health experts have emphasised the need to quickly identify the source of the virus and its mode of transmission to reduce human exposure.
    China's Ministry of Agriculture said Thursday the virus has been detected in pigeon samples collected at a marketplace in Shanghai, according to a Xinhua report, which did not define the nature of the samples.
    After gene sequence analysis, the national avian flu reference laboratory found the strain of the virus in pigeons to be "highly congenetic with those found on persons infected with H7N9 virus".
    The more common strain of bird flu, H5N1, killed more than 360 people globally from 2003 until March 12 this year, according to the WHO.
    In another development, a man in the central province of Hunan died from H1N1 (swine) flu on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.
    A 2009-2010 swine flu pandemic resulted in over 18,000 deaths worldwide, according to WHO estimates. But the strain, while highly contagious, is not thought to be more lethal than ordinary flu.


    - AFP/xq/de
     
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    [h=1]Hong Kong on standby for H7N9 outbreak as China confirms three new cases[/h]


    Government says it cannot rule out possibility of outbreak in city; Shanghai and Anhui confirm three new H7N9 cases






    China confirmed three more cases of H7N9 bird flu, two in Shanghai and one in Anhui, while Nanjing become the second mainland city to ban live poultry sales.
    The latest 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.
    Hong Kong's government said it could not rule out the possibility of an outbreak in the city.
    Local governments in the Yangtze river delta stepped up efforts to contain the virus as it was found in more live poultry.
    Authorities in Nanjing, the Jiangsu capital, closed all wholesale markets at dawn yesterday. All remaining live poultry was culled in Shanghai after 20,000 birds were killed on Friday.
    In Hangzhou, authorities closed a farmers' market after the virus was detected in live quails. One of the current patients had eaten quail sold there.
    The National Health and Family Planning Commission said the cases so far were isolated and there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.
    The China Food and Drug Administration fast-tracked approval for the intravenous anti-influenza drug Peramivir.
    Mao Qunan, director of the China Health Education Centre, said on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan that although there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission, the possibility should not be ruled out.
    Leaders including President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang promised transparency in reporting of the virus.
    The Hong Kong government said precautions were in place to cope with an outbreak.
    Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said yesterday: "We have to be prepared that H7N9, no matter if it's in poultry or humans, may appear in Hong Kong. The possibility can't be excluded."
    Ko said the Hospital Authority could handle a reasonably large- scale outbreak and had 1,400 isolation beds available - in line with the government's strategy to identify and isolate suspected sufferers early.
    Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said the city had sufficient "disease prevention supplies" and there was "no need for panic buying".
    About 30 pupils from Sheung Shui Wai Chow Public School left for Shanghai yesterday for a scheduled four-day study tour.
    School principal Chan Siu-hung said the tour was planned three months ago and could not be cancelled. But in light of the bird flu outbreak, they would cancel visits to crowded places.
    In Nanjing, residents posted pictures of dozens of dead sparrows found on Friday, which circulated widely online.
     
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    lai liao, lai liao

    Same as SARS previously, major retail businesses are going to suffer.
     
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    This is what happens when the filthy Chinese sleep with their equally filthy livestock. :rolleyes:
     

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