07 Jan '12, 10pm

It's flu season again, so remember to get vaccinated

It's flu season again, so remember to get vaccinated

In 1997, six people in Hong Kong died of the bird flu - the first reported human cases in the world. The territory culled 1.5 million birds to stem the outbreak. In 2003, it was hit again, this time by Sars. Close to 300 people died, and the authorities took to scanning the temperature of anyone going through its border. When it found three birds with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu last month, it quickly culled 17,000 chickens and suspended live poultry imports for 21 days. Dr Leong Hoe Nam, an infectious disease specialist at Raffles Hospital, said the city's proximity to southern China and the unsheltered farms there could be why it seems susceptible to infectious diseases. Birds flying across may infect the farm animals, causing the virus to cross the border when the animals are imported, for example. In comparison, although Singapore is also densely populated like ...

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