- Dazhu County, the latest bird flu outbreak site in southwest
China's Sichuan Province, has shut down all its 54 live poultry markets
amid efforts to prevent the spread of the epidemic.
- Sales of poultry, eggs and related products have been
banned in the county since Tuesday [3 Jan 2006] when the Ministry of Agriculture
announced that bird flu had broken out in Dazhu, said Yang Yue, deputy
director of the Sichuan Provincial Bureau for Industry and Commerce.
- Local residents remain calm and the price of other kinds
of meat in the market has not changed, Yang said.
- "Residents understand the situation and no obstruction
was encountered in closing the live poultry markets," he said.
- A total of 163 law enforcement officials have been dispatched
to supervise the local markets, he said. "If no new bird flu outbreak
is reported in Dazhu within 21 days, the live poultry markets can be reopened,"
- The Municipal Bureau for Industry and Commerce of Dazhou
City, the highest authority in Dazhu County, has banned sales of live
poultry in all its counties.
- Hong Kong has decided to suspend imports of live poultry
and poultry meat from Sichuan, the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau of
the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said on
Wednesday [4 Jan 2006].
- Between 22 and 25 Dec 2005, 1800 chickens and ducks died
in 3 households in Yangjia Town's Liuyan Village. On 3 Jan 2005, the Ministry
of Agriculture confirmed the outbreak of H5N1 bird flu there.
- Migratory birds have been blamed for the latest outbreak
of bird flu in Dazhu, China Daily reported on Thursday, citing Su Lin of
the Sichuan Provincial Department of Health.
- Nobody has been infected with the H5N1 virus in Dazhu,
as the blood tests of all the 16 people in close contact with the dead
poultry have proved negative, said Su, chief of the Emergency Response
Office in the department.
- Su said that Dazhu, some 400 km east of provincial capital
Chengdu, is where migratory birds from North China such as white cranes
stop before flying further south to spend winter.
- Although most migratory birds from the north have left
Sichuan for the south, some remain and will not leave until Spring Festival,
which starts on 29 Jan 2006, said the official.
- The Ministry of Agriculture had sent an expert team to
Dazhu to direct control efforts. In line with China's animal epidemic prevention
regulations, the Dazhu epidemic site will undergo quarantine isolation
for a minimum of 21 days.
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