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China's ability to detect bird flu outbreak too weak

by 5m Editor
22 May 2005, at 12:00am

CHINA - China&#39;s ability to detect H5N1 avian flu in poultry flocks across its vast geographic expanse remains a weak link in efforts to contain global spread of the virus and lower the risk it poses to mankind, the World Health Organization&#39;s top representative in that country suggests. &quot;We do not think that there has been enough emphasis on the animal surveillance side to do that in China,&quot; Dr. Henk Bekedam told The Canadian Press in an interview. &quot;Somehow the animal surveillance system in China is unable to detect the circulating H5N1 (virus). And that is troubling.&quot; Bekedam commended Chinese authorities for their commitment to the enormous undertaking of trying to vaccinate the billions of domestic chickens, ducks and geese across their country. <i>Source: Canoe</i>

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