China's Ministry of Agriculture issued an emergency order today for local governments to tighten controls over poultry stocks to prevent bird flu contamination by migratory birds.
The order calls for strict supervision of areas below all possible flight paths of migratory birds, lakes and other sites with a record of bird flu infection.
Farmers living in these areas are advised to keep their poultry in coops to avoid contact with the migratory birds.
The ministry also ordered immediate reporting of any dead poultry or wild birds to county-level animal epidemic prevention agencies, and suspected cases must be reported to the state-level bird flu laboratories.
Agriculture Minister Du Qinglin told a ministerial conference on bird flu last week that prevention would be a long-term task and local governments should remain alert.More than 80 cases of the virus have been reported in China since February 2004, affecting 24 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions. Eighteen confirmed human cases with 12 fatalities have been reported since September.
CHINA REPORTS AT LEAST ONE CASE OF HUMAN BIRD FLU INFECTION
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