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    » 10/21/2005, 00.00


    Beijing acknowledges bird flu situation is grave

    Tighter controls are imposed after a new outbreak in Outer Mongolia. The World Health Organisation calls for full cooperation.

    Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – China's first reported outbreak of bird flu since August has killed 2,600 birds in Outer Mongolia and is raising alarm bells in Beijing and in capitals around the world.

    Chinese authorities have said that the "situation is very grave" and taken drastic measures: quarantine within a 3-kilometre radius of the affected farm, 91,000 culled and more than 166,000 vaccinated.

    Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu said that President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao have ordered stepped-up vigilance against the spread of bird flu because, among other things, "autumn and winter are the peak seasons for bird flu in China." Mr Hui added that "the situation is grim and our task is heavy."

    In Shanghai, authorities began checking the temperatures and sterilising the footwear of travellers arriving by land, sea and air.

    The seriousness of the measures taken has led many observers to ask whether the Chinese government has reported all suspect cases.

    Alphaluck Bhatiasevi, the spokeswoman for the World Health Organisation in Beijing, called on China's Ministry of Health to confirm the latest outbreak and asked if any human infections had been reported.

    Hong Kong authorities said they were closely monitoring the situation in mainland China. "If it is proven to be a human-to-human transmission, then we will have to be very careful and close the border," Hong Kong's Secretary for Health, Welfare and York Chow Yat-ngok said.

    Throughout Asia, the authorities are on maximum alert, especially for migratory birds.

    Taiwan. Controls have been stepped up after smugglers tried to illegally import about a thousand birds, some infected. The population has been warned against smuggling poultry and wild birds into the country.

    Vietnam. Ly Ngoc Kinh, an official with the Health Ministry, said today that the government will pay for the health care expenses of anyone who might be infected.

    Thailand. The seven-year-old son of a man who died of the bird flu a few days ago is now under observation. It is thought that he might have helped his father in slaughtering the birds that were eventually eaten.

    Indonesia. An official Health Ministry source said today that tests for the H5N1 virus on two people, a father and his son who were recently hospitalised, came up negative. Results from other tests sent to labs in Hong Kong for analysis have not yet been released. (PB)

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    See also

    01/12/2005 CHINA
    WHO urges China to share H5N1 virus samples

    The Chinese government has agreed to do so, however samples have yet to reach the World Health Organisation.

    14/10/2005 ASIA - EUROPE
    World ill-prepared to face bird flu pandemic

    Bird flu has arrived in Europe. No specific vaccine exists as yet. Measures are under way to isolate the infection.

    17/10/2005 ASIA
    Asian battleground key to beating bird flu virus
    For World Health Organisation, the virus appeared in South-East Asia and it is here that the risk of pandemic is the greatest. International aid is necessary to prevent it.

    02/01/2006 ASIA
    Bird flu feared more virulent in Eastern Europe than in Asia

    There have been several outbreaks of infection in Russia, Roumania and Turkey. Four Turkish siblings are not infected with the disease. There is a new suspect death in Indonesia.

    25/10/2005 ASIA
    Pandemic inevitable, say experts from around the world meeting in Canada

    Counter-measures are being discussed; a pandemic would cost Asia nearly 300 billion dollars. Another contaminated breeding farm in China and the fourth death in Indonesia. India wants to start producing Tamiflu, even without the green light from Roche.

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