- Xianghai National Nature Reserve, a major habitat of
migratory birds in north east China's Jilin Province, has closed off all
of its scenic spots to prevent tourists from avian borne diseases.
- See map at http://www.fallingrain.com/world/CH/5/Xianghai.html.
- "It's necessary to close the nature reserve in order
to reduce contact between humans and birds," Bao Jun, deputy director
of Xianghai National Nature Reserve Administration, told Xinhua in a telephone
interview on Saturday (11-12-5).
- Jilin -- adjacent to bird-flu-hit Liaoning Province and
the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region -- has strengthened inspection and
quarantine to keep the disease out of the province.
- The wetland reserve of Xianghai, the Momoge Nature Reserve
in the province, and Zhalong Nature Reserve in Jilin's neighbouring Heilongjiang
Province are the 3 major protection areas for cranes.
- Xianghai, the home of 253 kinds of rare birds including
some 60 red-crowned cranes, is on the flight route of migratory birds,
which increases the province's risk of bird flu outbreaks. "Groups
of migratory birds have been flying south over the wetland these days,"
said Bao, noting that the reserve administration has taken measures to
strengthen surveillance of the birds.
- The birds living in the reserve [wild birds, or domestic
birds maintained within the reserve? - Mod.AS] have been injected with
anti-bird flu vaccines, said Bao, adding that 10 observation stations and
a 60 person surveillance team have been set up, carrying out round-the-clock
watch on the birds. "The migration of birds will last for another
couple of days," Bao said, "The risk of bird flu will decrease
after the end of migratory season."