Asia Pacific Topics

Nov 29, 2014

China reports new human case of H7N9 bird flu

China confirmed a new human infection of the deadly H7N9 avian influenza virus, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said, the first case this winter in the southern province of Guangdong. A 31-year-old woman surnamed Deng, from the provincial city of Dongguan, was confirmed Friday ...

Chinese factory whirs overtime to make Ebola suits

Nov 5, 2014

Chinese factory whirs overtime to make Ebola suits

Far from the Ebola hot zone, the sewing and gluing machines at a factory in China have been whirring more than usual to produce crucial yellow suits that protect the front-line medics more than 11,000 kilometers (7,000 miles) away in West Africa. The Weifang ...

Legacy of SARS offers lessons for Ebola fight

Nov 2, 2014

Legacy of SARS offers lessons for Ebola fight

The SARS outbreak of 2003 put Hong Kong on the front line of a global health crisis. The city’s successful war on the virus offers lessons for those now battling Ebola. The flu-like severe acute respiratory syndrome infected 1,800 people and took 299 lives ...

Nov 1, 2014

Chinese moon orbiter returns from first flight unharmed

China on Saturday successfully recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back in a test run for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day trip marked the first time in almost four decades that a spacecraft ...

In Guangdong, nervy Chinese ramp up Ebola watch

Oct 31, 2014

In Guangdong, nervy Chinese ramp up Ebola watch

by Yimou Lee

Chinese authorities have identified the southern province of Guangdong, home to Asia’s biggest African population, as a front line in their efforts to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from entering mainland China. The province, bordering Hong Kong, has proven susceptible to infectious diseases in ...

Oct 31, 2014

North Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola

North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners entering the country for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter. ...