Report on China origin of swine flu "groundless": agriculture ministry 2009-04-29 18:04:36   Print

Special Report:  World Tackles Swine Flu     

°§Overseas reports labeling China as origin of current swine flu outbreak were groundless.
°§No human cases of swine flu have been found in China, nor has the virus been found.
°§China has not exported live pigs to Mexico or the United States.

    BEIJING, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Overseas reports labeling China as the origin of the current swine flu outbreak were groundless, China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) said Wednesday.

    The press reports alleged some dead pigs found in Fuqing City and Changle City in southeast China's Fujian Province might be the source of the swine flu outbreak in Mexico, said the ministry.

    The dead pigs, which were illegally disposed of, died of swine dysentery and dropsy, both normal among young pigs, and investigations in pig farms around the area found no sign of an epidemic, the ministry said.

    What the ministry said was confirmed by local officials and farmers in Fuqing.

    "The bodies of all the 25 dead pigs have been deeply buried and disinfected with lime," said He Changgui, vice head of the Chengtou Township in Fuqing.

    "With the drastic weather changes these days, the pigs are prone to diseases," said Chen Changwang, a local official with Shouxi Village of Chengtou.

    "The pigs did not die all at the same time," he said. "Some died quite a few days ago."

    No human cases of swine flu have been found in China, nor has the virus been found in the country's pigs, both the MOA and Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

    China has not exported live pigs to Mexico or the United States, which means the country cannot be the origin of the deadly disease, the MOA said.

    MOH spokesman Mao Qun'an also told Xinhua earlier that the reports were against truth and scientific common sense.

    Neither ministries named the media organizations that made the reports.

Chinese President Hu calls for stepped-up efforts to prevent swine flu

    BEIJING, April 28 (Xinhua) -- China went on full alert Tuesday to guard against swine flu, as authorities ordered round-the-clock monitoring of the deadly virus and suspension of pork imports from Mexico and the United States.

    Chinese President Hu Jintao Tuesday ordered the country to step up inspection and quarantine measures to prevent swine flu from entering China and ensure public health and safety.  Full story

Premier Wen calls for strengthened swine flu prevention

    BEIJING, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday called for enhanced swine flu prevention and control in a State Council, or Cabinet, meeting in the wake of an outbreak of the epidemic in countries including Mexico.

    The meeting, presided over by Wen, heard reports from central government departments including the Ministry of Health, on global swine flu situation. Full story

China's health ministry protests ungrounded swine flu reports

    BEIJING, April 29 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Health (MOH) said Wednesday that China "strongly opposes" the contents of overseas media reports on the country's swine flu situation, which were made "regardless of truth and scientific common sense."

    MOH spokesman Mao Qun'an told Xinhua that some overseas media reports claimed the source of the current swine flu epidemic was in China. He did not specify any particular stories or organizations. Full story

China takes preventive steps against swine flu

    BEIJING, April 28 -- The government Monday banned the import of pork and pork products from Mexico and the U.S. states of Texas, Kansas and California to prevent the spread of swine flu that has killed at least 100 people in the Central American country.

    All pork and pork products imported from Mexico and the three U.S. states will either be returned to the suppliers or destroyed, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ) said.  Full story

China's Health Ministry on high alert for swine flu

    BEIJING, April 27 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Health (MOH) is developing a diagnostic reagent for use in testing for swine flu, which has killed more than 100 people in Mexico, an MOH spokesman said Monday.

    Research on a possible vaccine and medication to combat the deadly virus was also underway, MOH spokesman Mao Qun'an told Xinhua. Full story

Tourism regulator: no swine flu detected among China arrivals

   BEIJING, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese health authorities have detected no cases of swine flu among people arriving in the country by 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Tourism Administration (NTA).

    Members of both foreign and Chinese tourist groups coming from swine flu affected countries had been monitored, said a statement on the NTA website. Full story

China draws on SARS lessons as swine flu spreads globally 

   GUANGZHOU, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese provinces are drawing on their experience handling the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to cope with the global swine flu outbreak.

    Huang Fei, deputy director of the health bureau in south China's Guangdong Province, said Wednesday that the bureau had designated three provincial-level hospitals to treat suspected swine flu cases and ordered all urban health departments to designate one hospital for the disease. Full story

Editor: Lu Hui
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