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Info sought on Mainland dog flu reports

November 30, 2009
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http://www.news.gov.hk/en/category/heal ... n05002.htm

The Centre for Health Protection and the Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department will follow up on the reports that some Mainland dogs tested positive to human swine flu virus, Secretary for Food & Health Dr York Chow says.

Speaking to reporters this morning, Dr Chow said it is difficult to judge whether dog owners will face a higher risk at this stage because health officials need to collect more data.

"There are always opportunities for the virus to spread from species to species. The occurrence of that might not be that unpredictable. Our concern is what exactly happens to the dogs, and whether it is transmitted from humans to dogs or between dogs.

"The other thing is whether the viral genetic structure has changed after the transmission. So there are many questions that need to be answered before we can make a judgement of the implication of these transmissions."

In response to reports that a number of human swine flu patients in Shenzhen have developed encephalitis, Dr Chow said the Government will ask the Mainland authorities for more information.


Noting the Government will announce details of its H1N1 swine flu vaccination programme this afternoon, he expected that the first half a million doses of vaccine will be given to the high-risk groups.

"Depending on the take-up rate of the high-risk groups, we will decide whether we will give some to the non high-risk groups. But I think for the first few weeks we will concentrate on the high-risk groups."

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