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February 3, 2006

Time Clock On Bird Flu Ticking Along - Bird flu 'endemic' in Hong Kong

Topics: Health Issues

The Hong Kong territory's health secretary said today that bird flu has "become endemic in Hong Kong after its recent discovery in both local wild birds and chickens."

"Since different kinds of wild birds and chickens have this virus, we can be quite sure that this virus is endemic in our birds," York Chow said.

Chow used a Chinese term to describe bird flu as having become part of the general environment in Hong Kong.

This news comes as it's reported that test results of samples taken from a deceased 15- year-old boy in Indonesia showed positive traces of the bird flu virus.
The Ministry reported blood samples were sent to the Hong Kong laboratories of the World Health Organization (WHO) for final diagnosis, and said if WHO confirms, the number of people who died from bird flu will officially increase to 15 (in Indonesia alone).
For a truly sobering wake-up call on the ticking timeclock on bird flu - check out this graphic interactive illustration on how the bird flu has spread, year by year.

Posted by Richard at February 3, 2006 10:32 AM



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