BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- The prevention and
control of bird flu is still a long-term and arduous task for the Chinese people
though initial achievements have been made so far this year, Vice Premier Hui
Liangyu said here Friday.
"We must remain alert to possible outbreak or spread of the epidemic and win the 'tough battle'," he said at the fourth meeting of the national headquarters for bird flu prevention and control, which Hui serves as the head.
Some 30 outbreaks of bird flu have been reported in
11 provinces and regions of China so far this year, with six human cases of bird
The successive bird flu outbreaks in certain regions
have been effectively contained and the frequency of outbreaks has dropped
significantly. "People in the bird flu-hit areas are in a good mood and their
production and lives are sound," the vice premier said.
However, he cautioned, that potential triggers of
bird flu outbreaks remain in winter, during which the bird flu virus is highly
active. The country's bird flu prevention and control systems are to be
"We have to fully understand the long-term nature and
arduousness of the campaign, remain highly vigilant and prepared to reinforce
the results made and win the 'tough battle' against bird flu."
He urged people to strictly carry out the epidemic
monitoring, diagnosis and reporting system, and improve quarantines, vaccine
research and poultry raising conditions.
As the News Year's Day and the Spring Festival
approach, the vice premier stressed that poultry and poultry product markets
should be put under intensified supervision to ensure food safety.