SHANGHAI, Nov. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- China's bird flu
epidemic is currently controllable, say Minister of Health Gao Qiang here
Sunday, who is attending the Shanghai Healthy City International Forum.
Gao told Xinhua that China has basically brought the bird flu under control, saying that the Heishan County in
northeast China's Liaoning Province, where the disease epidemic was most grave,
has not reported any new infectious cases for 10 days.
He further explained that the epidemic will end soon
though the spread still occurred in some other provinces.
"The spread of bird flue virus is caused mainly by
migratory birds and their migration has almost completed," Gao acknowledged.
The effective control of the virus spread among
poultry will reduce the human infectious cases, Gao said, adding that the chance
for human infection is limited.
Compared with the grave situation of Symptoms of
Acute Respiratory Syndrom or SARS in 2003, China's monitoring and control over
bird flu are being performed in a more systematic andorderly manner, Gao said.
All sanitation stations and clinics at the grassroots level are granted the
rights and responsibilities to timely report the disease to relevant high
authorities so that experts can arrive as quickly as possible.
"We have sent the epidemic prevention and control
professionalsto all the places that had reported bird flu cases," Gao added.
The awareness of epidemic prevention and control
among the general public has also been remarkably heightened, noted the
minister, who ascribed it also as a crucial reason that the country's bird flu
epidemic is now controllable. Enditem