Special Report: NPC, CPPCC Annual Sessions 2008
BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Agriculture said Monday it has received the reports of 12 bird
flu cases this year, warning a more "complicated" epidemic control situation.
Three of the 12 cases have been confirmed, with two
in Tibet Autonomous Region and one in Guizhou Province, both in southwest China,
said Li Jinxiang, director of the ministry's veterinary department, on the
sidelines of the annual session of China's top legislature.
He said three factors shall be blamed for the
outbreak of bird flu cases.
First, south China was hit by unprecedented snowstorm
and cold snap from the beginning of this year, which made bird flu virus active;
Secondly, snow storm and cold snap affected regular
immunization work, as it was conducted usually in February and March;
Thirdly, snow and ice disaster harmed the living
conditions of livestock, bringing risks of epidemic spread.
The official said currently relevant government
departments across the country are actively launching spring epidemic control
and immunization work.
The ministry has prepared 5 billion milliliters of
vaccine for immunization efforts.
Epidemic surveillance has also been strengthened to
rule out hidden dangers in time, he said.