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What Hong Kong can do to protect itself from bird flu? (08 Feb 2004)


The bird flu crisis is spreading in Asia. Eddy Chan Yuk-tak (Deputy Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Bureau) says vaccination of chicken has proved effective against outbreaks of bird flu in Hong Kong, but he is concerned that the virus may mutate. Describes measures which the government has taken against the virus. Lo Wing-lok (President, Medical Association, Legislative Councillor (Medical Constituency)) says the question of whether the vaccine causes undesirable effects in chickens needs to be answered and that vaccination of poultry workers only prevents them from contracting human flu, not bird flu. He says eating well-cooked eggs is safe.

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
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