BEIJING, July 1 (Xinhuanet) -- A spokesman with the
Chinese Ministry of Agriculture said here on Friday that the bird flu outbreak
in Qinghai Province in northwestern China has been "brought under control."
Jia Youling, the spokesman and also director general of the ministry's Veterinary Bureau, said the number
of migrant birds killed by the disease has dropped to about 20 a day since June
Thus far, more than 6,000 migratory birds have died
since the disease was reported on May 4.
Jia said the ministry has reported the latest
developments to relevant international organizations.
The governments at all levels in China attach great
importance to the prevention and control of bird flu and related departments
have taken many measures to prevent the disease. Since the bird flu outbreak was
reported in Qinghai, the local government has done a lot to prevent the epidemic
from spreading, he said, addingthat no fowl or human beings have been infected
Jia said the Agriculture Ministry is studying and
testing the virus drawn from the birds killed by the fatal disease in
Qinghai,and the result will be reported to concerned international organizations
as soon as possible.
China has provided five viral strains to the World
Health Organization (WHO) since bird flu cases were reported in the country last
The Agriculture Ministry hopes for closer cooperation
with international organizations and welcomes international experts to Chinese
labs for study, Jia said.
The WHO has asked China to test some of the birds in
the area to determine if any species were infected with the virus.
Each summer, some 189 species of birds flock to
Qinghai Lake, amating ground for migratory birds, before heading south and west.
Qinghai Lake has become a popular tourist attraction.
In late May, more than 1,000 wild birds, including
geese and gulls, were killed by the H5N1 flu strain in Qinghai.
In Asia, at least 54 people have died so far this
year after being infected by sick birds, reports said. Enditem