BEIJING, May 19 (Xinhua) -- China should not relax
its efforts in bird flu prevention and control, Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu
warned this week.
No poultry bird flu outbreaks have been reported in
China for more than 80 consecutive days, said Hui, who also heads the nation's
bird flu prevention and control team, at a national meeting.
However, he called for continued vigilance against
the fatal avian influenza.
"The situation is still grave," he said, urging
related departments to "overcome numbness, have a correct judgement for the
current epidemic situation and take the fight against the disease as a long-term
An outbreak among migratory birds was reported in
northwestern Qinghai Province earlier this month. More than 300 birds died in
the outbreak, but the epidemic did not spread to poultry, the Ministry of
Agriculture said Friday.
China also reported 18 human infections of bird flu,
with 12 fatalities since late last year. Enditem