BEIJING, June 17 (Xinhua) -- China's top epidemiologist said Tuesday that
the country is closely monitoring any possible new mutation of the A/H1N1 flu
"We are well prepared for the battle against any possible new mutation of
the flu virus," said Zeng Guang, chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for
Disease Control and Prevention, on the sideline of a seminar in Beijing.
He said there is no need to panic. "Although the mutant A/H1N1 virus newly
discovered by Japanese scientists reported higher chances of infection, there is
no significant change in its nature compared with the original, because its
fatality rate remains the same," Zeng said.
"I believe that the major concern for the countries affected by the
spreading flu will possibly be virus mutation."
Zeng also said China's control and prevention measures may change, which
will make the country's prevention work "more scientific, more specific and more
"Experts are considering these changes, which, I believe, will be announced
very soon," he said, without giving further details.
As of 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, China reported 237 infections on the mainland with
The World Health Organization raised last week the alert level for A/H1N1
flu to six, its highest level, making it the world's first influenza pandemic in
Zeng said the pandemic is still "moderate" and the current medical service
system can cope well.
"There is no need to panic. With what we have done, I do not think the
current flu epidemic will be as horrible as the one in 1918, which claimed
around 40 million lives around the globe," he said.
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