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UPDATED: 09:05, May 24, 2005
China reports bird flu case to int'l organizations
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The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization has received a report from the Chinese government on current bird flu outbreak in Qinghai Province, an official with the Chinese Representative Office of the FAO said on Monday in Beijing.

The official said that they have reported back to the FAO headquarters.

The Ministry of Agriculture has also reported the case to the World Organization for Animal Health.

The ministry said last Saturday that the national bird flu reference laboratory confirmed that the latest death of migratory birds in Niannaisuoma village, Gangcha County of west China's Qinghai Province, was caused by the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus.

The Chinese government has immediately allocated 3 million doses of avian flu vaccine to inoculate the domestic birds in the province. Qinghai has also taken emergency measures by closing off spots to prevent people and fowl from contacting wild birds. Quarantine and vaccination measures have also been adopted. The Ministry of Agriculture has sent a group of experts to the area to guide the work.

Dang Chenyan, director of local animal epidemic prevention headquarters, said that vaccine inoculation work has been finished in the bird flu affected area Saturday afternoon. Inoculation in other areas of the province is still going on.

Dang said that the province now has roughly 3 million home-bred poultry, mostly in Haidong district and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The dosage of vaccine could meet the demand.

This is the first report of H5N1 virus detected in China since the country successfully brought 50 cases of bird flu under control last year. The virus in Qinghai hadn't spread to people or poultry so far, said the government.

Source: Xinhua

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