Bird flu continues to spread through Asia

By Dominique Patton

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags Bird flu

China is reassuring global markets that it can bring bird flu under
control, after reporting three separate outbreaks in a week.

The country's prime minister Wen Jiabao was quoted by the state media Xinhua News as saying there has been "massive culling of domestic poultry" and strict quarantines to stop the spread of H5N1. People have been vaccinated in some areas.

"China definitely can bring the bird flu under control through the above measures,"​he told reporters at a meeting in Moscow.

The country has also reassured media that it has had no cases of the disease transmitted to humans.

Yesterday test results from a girl from a bird flu-affected village in China who reportedly died from flu-like symptoms earlier this month came back negative.

The disease has recently hit flocks in the northern Inner Mongolia region, the eastern province of Anhui and central Hunan province.

It has already killed at least 62 people in other Asian countries and resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of chickens, hitting poultry trade hard.

In Indonesia, where four people have died from the disease, ministers warned that bird flu was likely to spread quickly. It has said it will deploy veterinary students to join international health experts in house-to-house searches for infected backyard chickens, with Food and Agriculture Organisation experts to train the students to identify sick birds and alert villagers to the risks.

Malaysia said Thursday it has banned the import of pet birds in a step aimed at averting a bird flu outbreak.

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