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Dec 8, 2014

23% of 'purified' water in China is polluted, tests show

Almost a quarter of purified drinking water tested by China’s top safety watchdog was substandard, with many products found to contain excessive levels of bacteria, the official Shanghai Daily newspaper said on Monday. The findings underline the challenge to controlling supply chains in China, ...

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 ...