China calls for more efforts against H7N9

Ahead of "Year of the Horse" celebrations, China gears up precautions to prevent and control the H7N9 bird flu epidemic in the country.

China calls for more efforts against H7N9

World Bulletin / News Desk

Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Liu Yandong called on Monday for further precautions to prevent and control the H7N9 bird flu epidemic in the country.

Liu stated that all local and central departments must be high alert on H7N9 cases and cooperate in prevention and control of the disease.

Around 180 cases have been registered since a new bird flu strain was first detected in China in March, with 87 individuals having been discharged from hospitals after treatment.

In 2013, China had 144 cases, including 46 deaths, from H7N9 bird flu, according to figures from the Commission.

She urged for strengthening epidemic surveillance and early warnings on all infectious diseases, during the Spring Festival holiday, which is expected to attract people to the large cities.

She reiterated the need for improvement in therapy and treatment at grassroots level to reduce the number of critical patients and death rates.

"China will strengthen monitoring on live poultry, continue vaccine research and development, tighten international communication and cooperation in epidemic prevention and control, and publicize disease information in a timely manner," said Liu.

China's National Health and Family Planning Commission alerted the officials in the hospitals across the country, epidemic prevention and control departments and educational institutions that "early measures" be taken against spread of the disease.

Meanwhile, the Commission announced that three more people in Jinjiang and Guangdong regions were infected by the H7N9 bird flu virus on Sunday, adding that no symptoms have been detected so as to show a human-to-human infection of the disease.

Since the beginning of January, H7N9 cases have been reported in the Jinjiang, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Fujian regions as well as in Beijing and Shanghai.

China prepares to celebrate the 4711th Chinese New Year, namely the Spring Festival holiday. The 2014 Spring Festival is to begin on January 31, 2014, which is the "Year of the Horse" according to the Chinese Animal Calendar.

As the authorities announced, most of the live poultry bazaars will be closed during the 15-day Spring Festival.

Last Mod: 27 Ocak 2014, 14:38
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