Special report: Global fight against bird
BEIJING, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- China has
provided 23 bird flu strains to the World Health Organization (WHO) and
publicized all these gene sequences, Vice Agriculture Minister Niu Dun said on
He made the remarks in the Chinese
capital at the bird flu control seminar of the Asian-Europe Meeting that aimed
to appeal for more investments and inter-governmental scientific cooperation to
control the influenza.
Niu noted that the international
community should work together to fight against the deadly bird flu virus and to
ensure healthy development of the husbandry industry.
"For this, the Chinese government has
provided aid in capital, materials and technologies at its own capacity and
actively participated in a series of international seminars on bird flu
David Nabarro, coordinator of the bird
flu section of the United Nations, called for all nations to share
responsibilities and conduct bird flu cooperation as an avian influenza outbreak
was not bound by borders.
Bird flu first broke out in Southeast
Asia at the end of 2003, and spread to Europe and Africa in 2005. To date, more
than 60 countries and regions have recorded outbreaks of the fatal influenza.
According to latest WHO statistics,
334 people were confirmed to be H5N1 positive, of which 205 had