HEFEI, Nov. 28 (Xinhuanet) -- Experts from the World
Health Organization (WHO) began Monday to investigate the two human bird flu
cases in east China's Anhui Province with their Chinese counterparts.
"Our purpose of this visit is to know more about the two human bird flu death cases and the prevention
measures taken here," said Julie Hall, an official for communicable diseases
with WHO Beijing office, adding they are at the invitation of the Chinese
Ministry of Health (MOH) to do so.
The WHO experts group, together with experts from the
Chinese Ministry of Health and Chinese Center for Disease Control and
Prevention, listened to a report made by the provincial health department of
Anhui on the precautions it had taken to prevent human beings from infecting
bird flu virus on Monday morning.
Then, the group went to the two counties of Xiuning
and Zongyang on Monday afternoon, where the two human cases were reported, to
carry out field investigation there in the following three days.
They would visit the disease control and prevention
centers and the hospitals, where the two women were treated, in the two
counties, said Julie Hall.
MOH confirmed the two human case of H5N1 bird flu in
Anhui on Nov. 16 and 23 respectively.
The two cases involved a 24-year-old woman farmer
surnamed Zhou in Zongyang County and a 35-year-old woman farmer surnamed Xuin
Zhou and Xu both developed fever and pneumonia-like
symptoms after contacts with sick and dead poultry. They died despite rescue
efforts on Nov. 10 and 22 respectively. Enditem