FIRST BIRD FLU Case in HK in 18 Months: Yahoo!

The title of a Yahoo! article released on June 2, 2012 is “Hong Kong sees first human bird flu case in 18 months” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/hong-kong-sees-first-human-bird-flu-case-142655367.html).

“Hong Kong health authorities urged the public NOT (?) to panic after the southern Chinese city reported its first human case of bird flu in 18 months in a two-year-old boy”.

“Hong Kong officials said the Chinese boy was in serious condition after testing positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza and the city had raised the bird flu alert level to “SERIOUS. And we’ve been told “NOT to panic?”

“in a statement”, a spokesman for the Hong Kong Center for Health Protection said: “The boy’s parents are all along asymptomatic, which means the chance of a human-to-human transmission is SLIM (?)” Yet the bird flu alert level is “serious?”

“China’s STATE-RUN Xinhua news agency said Guangdong was on HIGH alert”, but tests have SO FAR found NO signs of an outbreak”. “so far” might be a cause for concern.

Finally, “The latest infection prompted Hong Kong Health Minister York Chow to convene an EMERGENCY meeting as he announced a series of preventive measures while reassuring the public that it was an “ISOLATED” case”. WE HOPE that this is an “isolated” case, but most likely NOT. Otherwise, Secretary Chow surely WOULD NOT have “convened an EMERGENCY meeting” to address this issue. “We feel that THERE IS NO NEED for panic among Hong Kong citizens” and yet the bird flu alert level is now “serious?” “Chow said (that) THERE WERE NO PLANS to ban live poultry imports (from mainland China) FOR THE TIME BEING, but inspection and disinfection would be stepped up at markets. Schools and various institutions have been asked to be on alert”. “We think it is an important measure to take particularly for Hong Kong, because we had experiences of outbreaks of avian influenza in Hong Kong (not too long ago)”, most recently in 1997 (Web-site/URL: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vm103). “For THIS PARTICULAR case, SO FAR, the chance of it being spread to other humans is relatively low. But we still need to go through the whole process of analysing the origin and channel of the infection and have to study the virology of the virusobviously.

So, BIRD FLU is now back under the spotlight/recurring/making a comeback.

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