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China Lifts Bird Flu Quarantine In Six Areas

by 5m Editor
1 March 2004, at 12:00am

BEIJING - China's Ministry of Agriculture declared a further six areas free of bird flu on Saturday.

China Lifts Bird Flu Quarantine In Six Areas - CHINA - China's Ministry of Agriculture declared a further six areas free of bird flu on Saturday.

The areas are Chang'an District of Xi'an City in northwest China's Shanxi Province, Pingyu County in central Henan Province, Chao'an County and Luoding City in southern Guangdong Province, Macheng and Honghu cities in Hubei Province.

No new bird flu cases had been suspected or confirmed in these areas for 21 successive days since the last birds in the affected areas were culled, according to the ministry.

Experts in animal epidemics and officials concluded after inspections that the disease had been eradicated in the six places and the areas met the requirements for the lifting of isolation orders as stipulated in the Emergency Countermeasures Against Avian Influenza and the Technical Standards Regarding the Fight Against Avian Influenza.

The ministry urged local governments and animal epidemic prevention and control organizations to remain vigilant and continue supervision to prevent new cases.

The ministry said it had received no reports of new suspected or confirmed bird flu cases Saturday. There has been no reports of suspected bird flu cases anywhere on the Chinese mainland for 12 days in a row since Feb. 17 when the mainland lifted the quarantine on its first bird flu-affected area in southwest autonomous region of Guangxi.

Source: eFeedLink - 1st March 2004

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